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Equitea History

Equitea is a forum within the Astronomy and Astrophysics group to discuss topics related to equity, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in relation to Astronomy, Physics and STEM as a whole. The forum was created by PhD students in January 2021, inspired by a similar initiative at the University of Michigan. It was created with the goal of fostering a more inclusive space for all staff and students by encouraging conversations about the diversity of experiences of people in academia. Since its creation, Equitea seminars have been hosted monthly and are open to all members of the Astronomy group. Sessions have covered a wide range of topics, including but not limited to mental health, systemic barriers in academia, gender equality, ableism, LGBTQ+ issues, and many more.