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Paper: Astronomers Without Borders Builds and Cultivates Community
Volume: 531, ASP2020: Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement
Page: 461
Authors: Chee, Z.; Bartolone, L.; Fazekas, A.
Abstract: Following a period of member needs assessment and discussion with our planning committee, Astronomers Without Borders completed strategic planning and shared our mission, vision, values and goals with the public. We immediately began to fulfill those goals through activities designed to facilitate our members' work with the public just as star parties and sharing educational lessons became difficult and even prohibited during the pandemic. As the pandemic caused international lockdowns and social distancing mandates, it became clear the psychological impact of isolation would become another health casualty. For those who love to look upward, the sense of calm and togetherness needed to be communicated to help mitigate the impact of the virus. AWB ran the \#UndertheSameStars social media campaign that was in part funded by the International Astronomical Union's Office of Astronomy for Development's COVID grant that furthers our mission of #OnePeopleOneSky. This video poster will discuss our new mission and some of the activities we have organized so far in 2020.
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