Black, Indigenous, and Latinx women continue to be severely underrepresented in the physical sciences. We want to change that narrative.

What We Offer

We offer a “choose your own adventure” format, where members can opt in to whatever LUMA programming fits their needs most. Below are some of the main programs we offer at this time, with new opportunities and programming on the horizon.

LUMA Group Meetings & Workshops
Members gather about 1-2x per semester for to learn and share knowledge on a particular topic.  Past group meetings have featured discussions on imposter syndrome, sustainable workflows, and showing up authentically in academic spaces, as well as 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 and then follow up at the end of the day with their progress.

LUMA Buddies
Those members that want more one-on-one support and/or accountability 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.

In partnership with

NCFDDMovement Consulting

LUMA Leadership

LUMA was founded in 2015 by Catherine Espaillat.

Catherine Espaillat
Astronomy Professor
Boston University
Jacqueline Antwi-Danso
PhD Student
Texas A&M University
Join LUMA today.
Program membership is free to qualifying individuals, and affiliation with astronomy is not required.