Acknowledging my silence
I have spent pages and pages on this website devoted to scientific problems and how I have fought to solve them. It's true, I have spent a great deal of energy attempting to solve many of these problems.
Throughout my career as a graduate student and as a postdoc I have repeatedly been told by multiple people to stay quiet on larger endemic societal and cultural issues that relate to race, sex, and discrimination. The thinking was that to enact meaningful change, I needed first a seat at the table. To get a seat at the table meant doing the research (enumerated in pages on this website). That's all that mattered to get a permanent position.
While well-intentioned, this cannot be the advice that we give to our astronomy community. If we want to build an equitable community we cannot be silent any more, and we must work together to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to pursue the mysteries of the Universe. I failed my community by heeding past advice. Now I must right that wrong.
A commitment to Diversity and Equity
To address the systematic racism issues within academia I am committing myself and my future research group towards combatting the barriers for under-represented minorities to thrive within the astronomy community. This commitment will consist of (but is in no way limited to):