Teaching, Outreach, and
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

DEI Teaching Outreach

I believe that teaching and training the next generation, reaching out to the general community, and advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an integral part of my work as a scientist.

Sometimes people ask, why, as scientists, should we care about DEI issues?, or this is a meritocracy, so why DEI issues are relevant?, or how it relates to the study of the Universe? The answer to these questions (or any variation of these) is simple. We are human beings who do science; thus, human beings issue concern and affect us (paraphrasing from a statement said in one of Visceral Change workshops). In other words, we are sensitive to the same biases and faults as the rest of humanity. We can also adapt and improve ourselves, and drive for equity and help make science more accessible.

Follow the links above to read more about these issues and relevant activities.

In 2019 I had the honor to be the recipient of the UCLA Career Commitment to Diversity DEI Award.

Interview on Chopping BLOCK by Visceral Change

Contact Information

Email: snaoz@astro.ucla.edu

Mailing:Physics and Astronomy Building 430 Portola Plaza, Box 951547 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1547 Office: 3-907

CV: (pdf)

Publications: (ADS)