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.
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.
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 Berkeley Physics Faculty Statement on Sexual Harassment
Physics Strategic Plan for DEI
You can learn more about the Physics Department's strategy for DEI by visiting this document.
Berkeley Physics welcomes your comments on the department's working Strategic Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. Please contact Ori Ganor to provide feedback at email@example.com
You may bring your concerns about any climate issue (bullying, bias, inequities, exclusion) to our Equity Advisor Professor Ori Ganor (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Director of Administration, Roia Ferrazares (email@example.com). See also our FAQ on Sexual Harassment for those specific reporting resources.
You may provide an anonymous question or comment through our Climate Feedback Form button below. These are read by Roia and Professor (and Equity Advisor) Ori Ganor.
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.
Support Our E&I Efforts
Give to the Physics Equity and Inclusion Programs and Initiatives Fund and the Physics Graduate Student Equity & Inclusion Fund.
Take part in a Physics First Friday Anti-Racism workshop, held five times a year as part of our We are Berkeley Physics Campaign.
Join a discussion or reading group on a DEI topic. Contact Roia for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Become a mentor. Consider supporting a person who is at an earlier stage of their physics journey. Look for the PA Scholars registration form that will be emailed to all physics majors at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, and/or inquire directly with the following physics student organizations: Society of Physics Students (SPS), Society of Women in the Physical Sciences (SWPS), ULAB, and Compass. Mentoring opportunities for physics graduate students are offered through SWPS, Compass, and the Physics Directed Reading Program (PDRP). More information about all of these physics student organizations can be found here.
Speak up at a Townhall. Townhall events for undergraduates, graduate students and for postdocs are held once each semester and are announced on our listservs. Offer solutions and take part in implementing them.
Learn more about our equity & inclusion initiatives by reading our DEI Strategic Plan.
Have an idea you want to support? Send it to us via the Climate Feedback Form button at the bottom of this page.
Physics Committee on Equity and Inclusion
Burhan Ahmed (Graduate Student)
Roia Ferrazares (Staff)
Ori Ganor (Chair, Faculty)
Anna Hilke (Staff)
Erin Hansen (Postdoc)
Barbara Jacak (Faculty)
Ashrita Mangu (Graduate Student)
Christian Natividad (Staff)
Colette Patt (Staff, Deans' Office)
Sebastian Rodriguez (Undergraduate Student)
Elena Grace Vasquez (Undergraduate Student)
Weishuang Linda Xu (Postdoc)
The DEI Committee will be hosting office hours every Monday from 5:30pm-6:00pm. If there is a question you have, a suggestion you'd like to make, or an issue to bring to our attention, please pop in and let us know! Specific dates and a Zoom link are shared in the Physics Community News which is sent out via the listservs.
Only UC Berkeley constituents are able to join, so make sure you're logged in with your berkeley.edu identity.
Physics Climate Surveys
Every other year the Department of Physics conducts its own climate survey. The purpose of climate surveys is to assess the daily experience of being in our department and identify the drivers that make their experience positive or negative. The last climate survey was held in Spring of 2020. The 2020 climate survey report can be viewed here. The 2022 climate survey launched on September 20 and will close on December 16. You can track progress on our survey as we near our goal of a 50% response rate. All members of our department community received a unique link to to provide their anonymous feedback. Didn't get an invitation to take the survey? Write to our Director, Roia Ferrazares, at email@example.com and let her know. The 2022 survey report is expected to be available here in late Spring 2023.
Physics Department Community Principles
Our Community Principles were developed by students, faculty, staff and alumni to affirm and guide personal and collective behavior for the department community.
*We Value Every Person
*We Are Respectful
*We Learn Together
*We Speak Up
*We Strive to be Transparent
For details, visit the Community Principles webpage.
Stop by the main office in 366 Physics North and ask for a set of Community Principles collectible cards.