About the Arizona Space Grant Consortium

Our History

Our consortium, led by a statewide team of managers and affiliate representatives, is part of The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program which was established by Congress in 1989. Space Grant contributes to the nation's science enterprise by implementing research, education, and public service projects through a national network of university-based Space Grant consortia. The original Space Grant competition resulted in the selection of 21 independent consortia (including Arizona). Subsequently, Space Grant consortia have been established in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Nationally, the Space Grant network has 850 affiliate members from academia, industry, government agencies, the military and nonprofit institutions. Twenty-nine of these are members and partners of Arizona's Space Grant Consortium.

Our Goals

  • To establish a national network of universities with interests and capabilities in aeronautics, space, and related fields;
  • To encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry, and federal, state, and local governments;
  • To encourage interdisciplinary training research and public-service programs related to aerospace;
  • To recruit and train professionals, especially women and underrepresented minorities, for careers in aerospace science, technology, and allied fields; and
  • To promote a strong science, math, and technology educational base from elementary through university levels.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Arizona Space Grant Consortium supports and upholds the NASA Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement. "The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion, where all employees feel welcome, respected, connected, and engaged. As the world's leader in aeronautics, space exploration, science, and technology, we embrace the critical importance of cultivating and empowering a diverse and inclusive workforce and work environment-enabling NASA to attract the widest and deepest pools of talent, leverage the capabilities of our exceptional workforce; and empower all personnel to be authentic, to participate, and to fully contribute. We understand this provides NASA access to the highest levels of knowledge, capabilities, creativity, problem solving, decision making, and performance. And this will enable NASA to achieve the greatest mission success."

The Arizona Space Grant Consortium strives to align our Consortium policies, plans, and priorities with the Arizona Department of Education's Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Framework to "advance program area’s goals and ensure Arizona’s students and teachers are served equitably...[and to] support all of Arizona’s students, families, and educators." In addition, AZSGC works to provide an inclusive and interdisciplinary cohort of students, mentors, affiliates, and more, and aligns those efforts with the Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.

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Members & Partners

Arizona Space Grant managers, members, and partners.