Equity & Inclusion

Equity & Inclusion

Our mission is to expand the frontiers of fundamental physics research, to educate the next generation of scientific and educational leaders, and to produce an impact on the community commensurate with the distinguished history and tradition of Physics at Berkeley. We bring together diverse and excellent faculty, students, staff and researchers with a universal dedication to upholding the highest standards of scholarship, teaching, and service.

Berkeley Physics welcomes your comments on the department's working Strategic Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.
Please contact Ori Ganor to provide feedback.

Additional information on diversity, equity and inclusion can also be found on the UC Berkeley Diversity website. Watch the video below for information on our new Identity Matters Program, and click here to look at the educational materials.



The Physics Department's Equity and Inclusion Committee hosted a community forum on Monday, December 5 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in Room #1 LeConte. Click here for details about the event, and to view photos of the ideas gathered from the many speakers who shared their thoughts.


Please read the Reaffirmation of the Physics Department's Commitment to Equity and Inclusion in the wake of the 2016 election results.


Resources and legal support are available to undocumented students or others with concerns about their immigration status at https://undocu.berkeley.edu/.




UC Berkeley & Physics Codes of Conduct

Berkeley Physics students are expected to adhere to all aspects of the university's Student Code of Conduct.

In addition, the Physics Department has adopted additional policies and procedures to address potential harassment issues within the department, which are summarized in the Physics Student Code of Conduct.

Faculty are expected to adhere to the university's Faculty Code of Conduct

Policy on Sexual Harassment

The University of California and the Department of Physics are committed to creating and maintaining a community where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in an environment free of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Every member of the community should be aware that the University prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence, and that such behavior violates both law and University policy.

Department Statement on Harassment and Discrimination

To achieve its mission, the Department of Physics is committed to enforcing the University’s policies on nondiscrimination, sexual Harassment and sexual violence, sexual misconduct, and appropriate conduct.  The Department of Physics and the Physics community at UC Berkeley will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment in any form and will work aggressively with campus to provide immediate access to the resources necessary to support individuals who feel they are victims of unlawful harassment and/or discrimination.  

View Resources on Sexual Harassment
View FAQ on Sexual Harassment
View Berkeley Physics Faculty Statement on Sexual Harassment
View M&PS statement on an Equitable, Inclusive Environment
View 2016 Climate Survey Results

Resources for Reporting Intolerance and Advancing Equity and Inclusion

You may file a report anonymously or by name on the UC Systemwide Intolerance Reporting Form
You may also choose to file a report with UCPD in 1 Sproul Hall (510) 642-6760 (non-emergency) if you experience or observe a Hate Crime.
UC Berkeley maintains the stophate.berkeley.edu website where you will find campus information and resources.

Other important links:
ASUC Student Advocate Office (SAO)
Student Legal Services
Additional reporting, support services, and other information




December 2016
Post-Election Physics Community Forum

May 2016
Strategic Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity released

March 2016
Identity Matters Educational Program launched

February 2016
Student Town Hall on taskforce progress and survey results published

January 2016
Faculty Retreat and Training on Equity and Inclusion

February 10, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 - Berkeley Physics Student Town Hall
Climate survey results released

December 11, 2015
Physics Student Code of Conduct released

December 9, 2015
Chair's Taskforce on Equity, Inclusion and Harassment meeting

December 7-8, 2015
Interactive Theater Faculty Training

December 1, 2015
Student Climate Survey closes

November 19, 2015 
Faculty Committee on Equity & Inclusion/SWPS meeting

November 17, 2015
Chair's Taskforce on Equity, Inclusion and Harassment meeting​

November 10, 2015
Faculty Equity and Inclusion meeting

November 2, 2015
Student Climate Survey launched

October 23, 2015
Launch of Chair's taskforce on Equity and Inclusion

October 16, 2015
Facutly statement released

October 14, 2015
Student and staff Town Hall on Astronomy situation