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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 (12-1:30p, moderator Claire Hebert; PAB 232, RSVP for lunch; details to come)
Tools for Practical Allyship: Gender-diverse Identity in the 21st Century (3:30-4:30p, PAB 102/3)
Tools for Practical Allyship: 'I Don't See Color'—A Primer on Colourblind Racism (3:30-4:30p, PAB 102/3)
E&I reading group on 'Masculinities and Experimental Practices in Physics' (12-1:30p, moderator Josie Meyer; PAB 232, RSVP for lunch here by 17 July)
Tools for Practical Allyship: The Meaning of Allyship (3:30-4:30p, PAB 102/3)
Stanford Physics Pride Month Celebration (12-1:15p, PAB 102/3; RSVP here can be anonymous)

News and updates

  • Josie Meyer is serving as an Equity and Inclusion Innovation Intern through early August! Anyone working in the department should feel free to discuss E&I ideas with her during her office hours at her desk in PAB 240C, Thu 4:30p-5:30p and Fri 12p-1p.
  • We are looking for new committee members! Postdocs, students (undergraduate and graduate), and staff of all backgrounds and identities would be welcome—fill in this form if interested in joining.

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.