About

DIP Mission Statement

Diversity and Inclusion in Physics (DIP) is a group dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive work environment and discussion forum. DIP strives to be an educational organization, one that raises awareness of underrepresented groups, backgrounds, identities, and experiences. DIP aims to create an environment where underrepresented groups can have a valued voice in our physics community and beyond. We strive to foster a sense of belonging among our members as we work towards an understanding of each other’s perspectives.

DIP provides a space for UC Davis students, post docs, and faculty to discuss, learn about, and facilitate a community around issues of diversity, inclusion, social justice, race, and equity. Members are encouraged to contribute and share personal perspective and experiences. DIP meetings are a way to participate in active and reflective discussions and events that address diversity, inclusion, social justice, race and equity issues. Information on these topics can be found under the Resources tab.

What We Do

  • Weekly meetings with reflective and active components
  • Resource sharing
  • Journal club

The two main goals of Diversity & Inclusion in Physics are:

  1. Provide support: To develop and sustain a supportive community for people in and around the Physics Department that is sensitive to issues faced by members of underrepresented groups in physics (people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ people, people living with visible or invisible disabilities, and others who hold minority intersecting identities).
  2. Create change: To improve the climate for members of underrepresented groups in physics by working towards change in the department through critical discussion, self-education, and policy revision.

We agree with the Equity and Inclusion in Physics and Astronomy Group that, “people of all races, gender identities, sexual orientation, and levels of ability are capable of great science, and that their underrepresentation is a manifestation of structural and cultural bias.”

Communication

Meeting and event announcements, reminders, agendas, and notes are distributed via our mailing list. Other important meeting materials can be found under the Resources tab.

Leadership

DIP promotes a team led environment, where no one person’s ideas will speak for the group. Everyone is welcome to attend and respectfully participate in meetings and group events. For organizational reasons there will be a designated President, Public Relations Director, and a GradOPS representative. These will be (tentative) yearly assignments designated in the Fall quarter. These members will check-in each quarter to decide if they will continue the role for the remainder of the year. Express your interest at any time to the current facilitators in order to help DIP achieve its goals, or volunteer for a position in Spring quarter when DIP begins preparing for the following year.

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