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Physics Inclusion Diversity and Equity Alliance (Physics IDEA)

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Physics students participate in the Depot Park Science Day Fair, a Women in Physics week outreach event, February 2019.

The Physics Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance (Physics IDEA) was formed in August 2020 and established its mission to foster a safe, inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible atmosphere for everyone, especially those from marginalized groups, that participate in the department’s educational and research activities.

The faculty coordinators appointed by the Physics Chair for the 2020-2021 academic year include: Mark Meisel (chair), Laura Blecha, Sujata Krishna, Kathryn McGill, Tarek Saab, Yuxuan Wang, and Shawn Weatherford.

We invite everyone having an affiliation with the department (students, postdocs, staff, faculty members) to participate and/or serve as leaders in the Alliance. Please complete the form linked beneath the Physics IDEA logo on this page to indicate your interest in being involved.

We are committed to monitoring the departmental climate, raising awareness and appreciation of differences, and providing a platform where these issues are addressed. As part of this effort, we have provided a link to various resources under the “Join the Alliance!” button on the right-hand side of this page. We seek to build a culture where all persons recognize the benefit of their diverse background as essential to the identity of the department and its success.

Why Physics IDEA?

We recognize that not all individuals are afforded equal access to resources, support, and opportunities. We acknowledge the existence of systemic barriers to access are faced by marginalized groups. Such patterns perpetuate harmful inequity. The exclusion of diverse voices is a hindrance to scientific progress. IDEA was established in recognition that combatting these challenges requires ongoing effort by all members of the community, and we commit to facilitating this process in the Department of Physics.