Who are we?

The League of Underrepresented Minoritized Astronomers (LUMA) is a peer mentoring community for those who self-identify as Black/Indigenous/Latinx women and who are graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and research scientists in Astronomy.  LUMA was founded in 2015 by Prof. Catherine Espaillat, who also serves as LUMA Director.  Arianna Long is the LUMA Coordinator.

What is our mission?

Many Black/Indigenous/Latinx women experience isolation due to our minoritized status in academic spaces.  LUMA’s goal is to provide a supportive virtual community where we belong and can shine.

What do we offer?

LUMA Group Meetings
Members gather about once a semester for a 1-2 hr video call to learn and share knowledge on a particular topic.  Past group meetings have featured discussions on imposter syndrome, work-life balance, and creating mentoring networks as well as workshops and online writing retreats.

LUMA Writing Circles
Members that want accountability and support during their workday can join a weekly writing circle that consists of ~5 members.  At the beginning of the day members state their goals to their writing circle via email and then follow up at the end of the day with their progress.

LUMA Buddies
Those members that want more one-on-one support can be matched with a LUMA buddy.  Buddies meet once a week for a 30 minute video call to follow up on their goals from the previous week and set goals for the upcoming week.

Want to join us?

Apply here!

There is no deadline. Applications are accepted year-round.

Have questions?

Contact us at lumalites@gmail.com