Diversity & Inclusion are important to us in Physics & Astronomy. Different perspectives are valuable as some see things that others don’t. That’s critical to advance our understanding of the universe. There are many efforts in the department to make Physics & Astronomy more inclusive and welcoming for all members, including a faculty committee and student groups.
The faculty committee listens to and learns from the experiences of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, faculty, and visitors to our department. We coordinate efforts to improve diversity & inclusion in the Physics & Astronomy department.
Diversity & Inclusion in Physics @ Penn is a graduate student led group which strives to make the physics community more inclusive and welcoming for all members, starting with our own department. We aim to teach awareness of the lack of diversity in physics and the forms of discrimination that are often faced by minorities in STEM fields, as well as the resulting impact on scientists and their work. Our goal is to educate ourselves on how to combat these challenges and create a community of respect and inclusivity within the department. We also work with the department and other diversity groups within the university to implement practical changes.
DIP hosts monthly events throughout the academic year including workshops, visiting speakers, reading groups, and discussion forums. Past events have covered topics such as women in STEM, LGBTQ+ inclusivity, microaggressions, and mental health. All articles and presentations from past events are all available here: https://sites.google.com/view/dip-penn/events.
Founded in 2013, the Women in Physics Club at Penn aims to advance women in the scholarly and professional pursuit of Physics and related scientific fields. We connect undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and industry professionals in a supportive community based on honesty, fellowship, and mentorship. We host social events, provide reimbursement for students to attend the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, and host an annual public lecture featuring a celebrated female physicist.