Equity & Inclusion

Equity & Inclusion


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Support our E&I Efforts

Physics Equity and Inclusion Programs and Initiatives Fund

Physics Graduate Student Equity & Inclusion Fund


Statement of Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

All individuals in the Department of Physics have the right to work and learn together in an environment free of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. We seek to establish a classroom culture that nurtures the physics identity and remove barriers to entry in order to strengthen pathways into the field.  Setting students on a path to envision themselves with a PhD in physics  in greater numbers ensures more diverse graduating classes, more diverse graduate programs, and in turn has the potential to inspire a new generation of physicists. We strive to ensure these ideals are the core of our culture.

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

If you have questions or comments regarding Berkeley Physics and the department's diversity, equity and harassment policies or practices, or if you would like to notify the department of Physics about any concerns you have related to diversity, equity and harassment, please submit it via the form linked below. Comments can be submitted anonymously. (Please note that we do not intend this comment box to be used to report specific incidents of sexual harassment, sexual violence, discrimination, or hostile work environment; however, if such reports are made via the box, we will share them with OPHD.)  Your feedback is instrumental in providing department leaders a clearer picture of the opportunities and challenges that are arising, and their prevalence.

In the event of an incident, we strongly encourage anyone who is a survivor or knows someone who is a survivor of sexual violence and/or sexual harassment to contact PATH to Care, a confidential resource. PATH to Care advocates can provide support, guidance, and advice on reporting options. If a survivor wishes to report, PATH to Care can assist in identifying the best reporting agency and can provide accompaniment during a report. Survivors who wish to report can contact the police (UCPD or a local law enforcement agency) or the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD).


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. 

Download Flyer:
"Ways to Report Sexual Assault, Harassment 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

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



Student Organizations and Mentoring

There are many organizations available to our students in support of Equity and Inclusion. Click the link below to access links and information about each.


Research Opportunities

Resources for Finding Physics Research    


Degrees and Scholarship Opportunities

Physics Undergraduate Degree Program
Scholarships & Fellowships