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Meet the Ambassador

Dr. Sian Proctor

Dr. Sian Proctor is a Geoscience Professor at the Maricopa Community Colleges, an Afrofuturism Space Artist, and an Astronaut. She is the Chief Inspiration Astronaut of Space2inspire and founder of The Proctor Foundation for Art and Science. She was the mission pilot for SpaceX Inspiration4, the first all-civilian orbital mission. She is the first woman commercial astronaut spaceship pilot and the only African American woman to ever be a mission pilot. She is also the first African-American commercial astronaut, and the first African-American to paint in space. She is currently serving as a member of the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group representing the Maricopa Community Colleges and, in 2024, was selected to serve as new U.S. Science Envoy with the State Department. Her motto is Space2inspire where she encourages people to use their unique strengths and passion to inspire themselves and those within their reach. She uses her unique artistic style and poetry to share her love of human spaceflight and to bring her EarthLight experience down to Earth. She believes that we need to actively strive for a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive (J.E.D.I.) space both on Earth and beyond. She promotes sustainability and that the Earth is a living system and that we are all connected by One Sky and One Ocean.

Ambassador Q&A

How are you working to create a positive impact? (Can tailor based on their passions/craft, ex. How are you removing plastic on tour?)

As a geoscience professor the oceans have always been a key component of my teaching and research. I’ve been a NOAA Teacher at Sea and the outreach officer on the JOIDES Resolution. Then ahen I went to space and was able to view or amazing planet from orbit it made me realize the vastness of our water world. Since then I have been using my platform as a geoscientist, artist, poet, and astronaut to raise awareness of the importance of our oceans and how we are all connected by one sky and one ocean.

Did you have an “aha” moment that inspired you to take action? If so, what was it?

I began painting the ocean with more frequency since I became an ambassador to Oceanic Global to draw attention to the impact of global warming on the ocean.

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