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J.E.D.I. Space

A Force for Good

What is a J.E.D.I. Space?

A just space promotes the view that all people deserve equal social and economic rights and opportunities. A just organization or industry seeks through the execution of its mission to contribute to greater social justice for all.

An equitable space has fair practices and policies that ensure everyone can thrive equally. Equity is different from equality in that it acknowledges and addresses historic and ongoing structural imbalances. Equality provides everyone the same thing, typically based on the needs of the most advantageous group members. Equality only results in equity if everyone started with the same access to opportunities.

diverse space includes and welcomes people representing as many aspects of human difference as possible. This includes differences in our bodies, social identities, lived experiences, and personal perspectives.

An inclusive space is one where a diverse group of people feel equally respected, have a sense of belonging, and are meaningful participants in determining their environment. A space can be diverse and not inclusive if members are simply recruited, but not involved in shaping the space. Diversity is essential, but not enough, an inclusive space must be built together.

As a part of our project, our team had the opportunity to host a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Sian Proctor, founder of the J.E.D.I. Space project, with guests Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides and Frank White. The focus of the conversation was centered on exploring the ways that space exploration can be leveraged for social good, despite it being a privilege afforded to only a select few. The thought-provoking discussion delved into the various ways that scientific research, space exploration, and technological advancements can be harnessed to uplift and aid people here on Earth. Their reflections on space exploration, humanity’s relationship with the universe, and the potential for using space as a tool to create positive social impact left us feeling empowered and motivated to continue exploring this crucial topic further. We invite you to join us in this journey and unlock the transformative power of space for the greater good!

Leaving the Earth is not abandoning it, its another form of love.


How do we build a truly Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive (J.E.D.I.) space for all of humanity?​

Our aim is to facilitate discussions and establish a shared vision to reshape the space industry according to the future we collectively envision. The J.E.D.I. Space Community is a platform to bring people together from both within and outside the space industry. Our objective is to inspire and connect people around the world, regardless of their professional backgrounds, to help define a clear and dynamic mission for the future of space exploration.

We believe that by bringing together diverse perspectives, we can revolutionize the space industry and actualize the space future that we truly wish to see. We look forward to collaborating with everyone who is ready to take action and be a part of a J.E.D.I. Space. Together, we will define and create a brighter and more inspiring vision of the future of space exploration.

Purpose of Space

How do we define our priorities for the utilization of space and work together to further these priorities?

As part of our efforts to better understand space utilization, we aimed to gather insights from individuals across the globe through our survey. In order to gain a deeper understanding of how space is perceived and utilized in different countries, we asked respondents to provide their perspectives on two key survey questions. The first question pertained to how they felt space is currently being used by their country, while the second question focused on their opinions on how space should ideally be used.

To make the survey more structured and insightful, we also provided respondents with 5 different categories that they could rank according to their preferences – scientific endeavors, technological advancements, social good, military & defense, publicity & self-promotion. This allowed us to better analyze and compare data, and uncover trends that could potentially shape future decisions on space usage. Through our research, we hope to contribute to a greater understanding of how we can optimize the use of space resources around the world.



Social Good



Space is a complex industry that requires a multitude of skills to succeed in. We sought to gain a deeper perspective on the various factors that play into an individual’s entrance and advancement within the industry. To achieve this, we asked participants to carefully consider their personal attributes and decide whether they believed these factors acted as an asset or a hindrance in their journey towards a career in the space industry. By exploring the nuances of biases and opportunities that are present in this rapidly evolving sector, we hope to gain a better understanding of the unique challenges that professionals face in this demanding and high-stakes environment. We believe that this approach will ultimately lead to a more comprehensive and insightful analysis of the space industry as a whole.

With a relatively limited sample size, the statistical significance of the findings cannot be definitively determined. Nevertheless, the study revealed patterns that shed light on factors that promote industry success. Notably, some factors that were found to be advantageous in industry advancement included citizenship, highest level of education, and education type. Conversely, respondents did not indicate that characteristics such as sexuality, economic status, accent, or government/politics were major influencers on career progression. The most significant obstacle for industry advancement appeared to be age. While additional research with larger sample sizes may be necessary to confirm the validity of these findings, these initial results offer valuable insights into potential avenues for success in the industry.

Bias and Opportunities

How do we work together to overcome the barriers and biases currently present in the space industry?

Future Promise

How do we define our priorities for the utilization of space and work together to further these priorities?

Our survey asked respondents to answer the question:

Do you think the space industry is fulfilling the promise of space as a uniting factor for humanity (as one giant step for humankind)? Why or why not?

Below are some selected responses from our community:

As a follow-on question we asked:

What do you think this future looks like if we do fulfill this promise? Do you believe we have to change the current trajectory?

Below are some selected responses from our community:


Our survey collected responses from 95 people from a global audience. Our target for this survey was people already involved in the space industry in some capacity. A majority of our survey responses were collected while in attendance at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held in Paris, France from 18-22 September, 2022. (https://iac2022.org/)

Below are key demographics on the data collected and used in producing the summary results highlighted above.


National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine [NASEM]. (2022). Advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the leadership of competed space missions. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA]. (2022). NASA strategic plan for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

Dr. Sian Proctor

Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She is the mission pilot for the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space. Her motto is called Space2inspire where she encourages people to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths, and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. 

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides is founder of SpaceKind, Yuri’s Night, and author of The New Right Stuff: Using Space to Bring Out the Best in You. Half Cuban and half El Salvadorian, Loretta currently teaches leadership and personal development for the space community through her SpaceKind Training Program.

Shawn Linam

Shawn Linam is the President and CEO and a founder of Qwaltec, an organization providing systems engineering and mission readiness for government and commercial space programs. In addition to her professional responsibilities, she is active in promoting engineering and science for young women and minorities.

Alby McInnis

Alby is an undergraduate student who will be beginning her Master’s in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University this Fall. Alby has continued research interest in DEIA, multigenerational household dynamics, and universal accessibility.


Diana Ayton-Shenker

CEO of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society of Arts, Science, Technology), Diana Ayton-Shenker, is an award-winning social entrepreneur who connects and convenes key partnerships, resources and capital for positive global impact.

Ann Kapusta

Ann Kapusta is managing director of Mission Operations, supporting cutting edge missions in space and organizations with a mission to do good here on Earth. Ann is focused on DEI efforts in the industry, disability inclusion in space exploration, and using space as a vital resource to fight climate change – starting with the wildfire crisis.

Amir Banifatemi

Amir Banifatemi is an Entrepreneur, Investor and General Manager of XPRIZE. Amir has extensive experience in managing private and public technology investments and venture capital funds. Amir also sits on the board of non-profit organizations that focus on disseminating knowledge and bringing real world change.

Kylie Wetknight

Kylie is currently a third-year honors student at Arizona State University studying Global Politics with certificates in Cross-Sector Leadership and Data Analytics. She is also a part of the founding cohort of Space@ASU Ambassadors, a student bringing together students of all majors and campuses at Arizona State University who are interested in learning more about space.

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