AstroComms aims to leverage Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives for the betterment of society. The company was founded by Dr. Tana Joseph in 2018.
While Dr. Joseph initially founded AstroComms to share her growing knowledge of science communication, especially in her specialty field, astronomy, she always expected it to become something more than a science communications consulting company. “What I wanted to do was not just science communication but to help people in STEM communicate the best they can, whatever the case may be,” she remembers.
Since its founding, AstroComms has evolved to encompass a broader lens, one that leverages science communication for social justice. The murder of George Floyd in Summer 2020 galvanized what had already been a personal passion for furthering anti-racism and inclusion in the sciences. Dr. Joseph was inspired to use the platform she’d created with AstroComms and elevate its services to include anti-racism workshops and tools to help scientists and organizations further Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.
In the end, AstroComms’ mission and services come down to Dr. Joseph’s own core values. Her future vision is to expand AstroComms’ reach beyond astronomy and beyond geographical borders. Ultimately, she hopes to work with universities that are minority-serving in the U.S., including historically Black institutions, to advance scientific communications projects especially in non-English native languages.
“Science is for everyone. I want to change science and academia to a place where everyone – if they want to contribute – can be valued and can thrive,” she says. “No matter how you got into science or which identities you embody, you can be a scientist. When you make contributions, you can be celebrated, acknowledged and feel safe and at home.”