As a science-based institution we put education first and foremost, and pursue opportunities to share information to bring awareness to injustices and systemic societal issues.

Our mission is to inspire science learning for life and we believe in science for all. As an organization, we are committed to creating policies and practices that help eliminate barriers to participation in STEM to build a better tomorrow for future generations.

Defining IDEA

Adapted from the American Alliance of Museums

Inclusion is the intentional, ongoing effort to ensure that diverse individuals fully participate in all aspects of organizational work, including decision-making processes. It also refers to the ways that diverse participants are valued as respected members of an organization and/or community. While a truly “inclusive” group is necessarily diverse, a “diverse” group may or may not be “inclusive.”

Diversity is all the ways that people are different and the same at the individual and group levels. Even when people appear the same, they are different. Organizational diversity requires examining and questioning the makeup of a group to ensure that multiple perspectives are represented.

Equity is the fair and just treatment of all members of a community. Equity requires commitment to strategic priorities, resources, respect, and civility, as well as ongoing action and assessment of progress toward achieving specific goals.

Accessibility is giving equitable access to everyone along the continuum of human ability and experience. Accessibility encompasses the broader meanings of compliance and refers to how organizations make space for the characteristics that each person brings.

We are committed to practicing IDEA work in our institution.

One of our Strategic Goals reads, "Empower our diverse community by serving, reflecting, and embracing all."

The strategies that support the goal are:

  1. Develop an internal culture that embodies IDEA Principles.
  2. Raise awareness that drives increased participation of underrepresented audiences.
  3. Identify resources and implement practices that strengthen OSC’s ability to drive IDEA principles.
  4. Implement initiatives that reduce disparities and promote access to STEM.

IDEA Council

We have developed an IDEA Council made up of employees from various levels of the organization.

The IDEA Council seeks to foster and model a workplace that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive. We are focused on the internal team’s experience while positively impacting our community. IDEA work allows OSC to focus on the expanding range of perspectives and models of thinking, with potential rewards of greater innovation, creativity, and problem-solving capabilities. Our IDEA culture strengthens bonds between peers across the organization offering diverse points of view that enable us to grow personally and professionally. With diversity of thought, we all problem solve and generate innovative ideas.

Staff and Volunteer Ongoing Training

OSC is committed to providing its staff and volunteers with opportunities to increase their multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills to better support programming focusing on diversity and equity. IDEA work is a cornerstone of our orientation process, and OSC hosts specific ongoing IDEA staff and volunteer training throughout the year.