JEDI Space

JEDI Space

How do we build a JEDI (just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive) space for all of humanity?


Many organizations are creating a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive (DEI) workplace environment. However, there is little focus on creating DEI access to space. It is still an exclusive club. Even more critical, there is little emphasis on the “Just” aspect of access to space and the space community. This project will seek to answer the question of what a JEDI space means and how to open space access to more of humanity through surveys, conversations and events. An important goal of this project is to inspire action to create a space community that invites people to stay, going beyond metrics to understand the root cause of the metrics.

Project contact: 

Diana Ayton-Shenker

Funding years:

2022-2023

Team members

Diana Ayton-Shenker

ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Amir Banifatemi

High Tech Executive, Innovation Catalyst, General Manager – XPRIZE

Herbert Drayton

Managing Partner – HI Mark Capital

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides

Founder Astronaut – Virgin Galactic

Ann Kapusta

Managing Director – Mission Operations Consulting

Shawn Linam

Chief Executive Officer – Qwaltec

Sian Proctor

SpaceX Inspiration4 Astronaut, 1st Black Woman Spacecraft Pilot; Geoscientist, Artist/Poet, Sci-Comm and Keynote Speaker

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