Colloquium: Change Physics Culture Now

Jessica Esquivel (Fermilab)
- | David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8
An image of Jessica Esquivel

This presentation will overview initiatives created to overcome inequity in physics. We will discuss grassroots efforts like Black in Physics, institution-adjacent efforts like Change-Now at Fermilab, and APS-funded efforts like APS-IDEA, and initiatives across the DOE landscape. Successes and failures will be touched upon, concluding with a world-building exercise of the physics world we want to create.

Short Bio:

Dr. Jessica Esquivel has recently been promoted to an Associate Scientist at Fermilab where she works on the Muon g-2 Experiment. She is one of ~100 Black women with a PhD in physics in the country, the 2nd black woman to graduate with a PhD in physics from Syracuse University, and the 3rd Black woman to hold an Associate Scientist position at Fermilab. She identifies as female, Black, Mexican, lesbian, neurodivergent, a physicist, and Texan. Dr. Esquivel is a recognized advocate for creating just and equitable spaces in physics and focuses on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in her community engagement efforts. She is a member of APS-IDEA, co-founder of BlackInPhysics, part of the Change-Now collective, and is a AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador. Dr. Esquivel has also appeared on CBS’s Emmy nominated educational program Mission Unstoppable where she discusses the physics behind makeup, and on the Science Channel’s How the Universe Works discussing how neutrinos could be the key to the mysteries of our universe.