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Equity and Inclusion

The mission of the Stanford Physics Department is to produce groundbreaking physics in a climate that values the contributions of and encourages participation from all groups of physicists and potential physicists.

Our vision is that our department should be a world leader not only in producing groundbreaking intellectual achievements in physics, but also in training future generations of physicists who are representative of the diversity of populations of Stanford, of California, of the US, and of the world. We envision a community where all members are supported to succeed and enabled to do their best work.

Upcoming and recent events

E&I reading group, topic TBD (2p PT; contact mailing list admins for Zoom details)
E&I reading group Zoom discussion of AIP TEAM-UP report (12p PT; contact mailing list admins for Zoom details)
  Strike For Black Lives
E&I reading group on two articles on women/underrepresented faculty: Jimenez+19 and El-Alayli+18 (12-1:30p, moderator Cyndia Yu; PAB 102/103, RSVP for lunch here by 25 Feb)
E&I reading group on 'Reducing the gender gap in students’ physics self-efficacy in a team- and project-based introductory physics class' (12-1:30p, moderator Jessie Muir; PAB 232, RSVP for lunch here by 17 Nov)
E&I reading group on 'Demographic gaps or preparation gaps?' (12-1:30p, moderator Eric Burkholder; PAB 232, RSVP for lunch here by 13 Oct) 

News and updates

  • We are looking for new committee members! Postdocs, students (undergraduate and graduate), and staff of all backgrounds and identities would be welcome—contact the current committee members if interested.

Past E&I seminars

Joel Corbo on Departmental Action Teams
Samuel Meehan on AIMS
Ashley Martin, 'Blind to Bias: The Benefits of Gender-Blindness for STEM Stereotyping'
Angie Little, Intentional Design Toward Supportive Communities in Physics Education
Dr Nicole Cabrera Salazar, Retaining People of Color in STEM
Dr Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Making A Physicist With Jazz


We maintain a list of support resources within Stanford and beyond, for everyone from students and postdocs to faculty and staff.

We also maintain a page of references for those interested in learning more about equity and inclusion in physics and more generally in STEM.