Astronomers Without Borders Announces the Appointment of Dr. Sian Proctor to the Board of Directors
Calabasas, California. Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) announces the appointment of Dr. Sian Proctor to the board of directors. Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She was the mission pilot for the SpaceX Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission. She is the first black female to pilot a spacecraft and the first black commercial astronaut. She is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World and is is currently the director of the Global Futures Institute for the Maricopa Community College District.
"We are pleased to welcome Sian Proctor to the AWB Board," said Zoe Chee, interim executive director of AWB. "Sian's deep experience in STEAM education, and popularization of the values of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility will be invaluable to AWB as we grow our organization and pursue our mission to use astronomy to cultivate a global community through our vision of one people, one sky.”
Proctor believes that we need to actively strive for a J.E.D.I. space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space as human’s reach out into the cosmos. She also uses her afrofuturism space art to encourage conversations about women of color in the space industry. She believes that when we solve for space, we also solve issues on Earth.
“I am excited to join the Astronomers without Borders team and to help share my love of astronomy and space exploration on a global scale” said Proctor. “I wanted to join AWB because I believe the sky above unites us globally and fuels our imagination for the possibility of a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space for all of humanity.”
Astronomers Without Borders is a US 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit charitable organization incorporated in California.
About Astronomers Without Borders: Astronomers Without Borders is a registered non-profit that connects people worldwide through innovative programs that are accessible to everyone regardless of geography and culture. Combining local events with online technology and a global community, Astronomers Without Borders is a leader in promoting understanding and peaceful international relations, while also supporting outreach and education in astronomy. For more information about AWB please visit: www.astronomerswithoutborders.org.
Andrew Fazekas Communications Manager
Astronomers Without Borders