Equity & Inclusion News
During the current climate of change, Berkeley Physics strives to sustain transparency in its approach to "Black Lives Matter".
Berkeley Physics Partners with APS for Equity and Inclusion
Members of the physics community have been mobilizing to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion within their individual institutions. Bringing these groups into a larger network to share their experiences and expertise can expedite systemic change for the physics community at large. The APS Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance (APS-IDEA) is creating such a network made up of teams from a wide variety of institutions including UC Berkeley Physics, all committed to creating a social movement to transform the culture of physics. Read more.
Letters from the Physics Department
In response to recent events, the Physics Department has issued a series of letters outlining our thoughts and actions toward promoting a more inclusive environment for all. The three letters are attached below.
The Berkeley Blog
Charles D. Brown II speaks on anti-Blackness in physics, and why the physics community needs to include, listen to and hire Black scientists
The Proposal to "Un-Name" LeConte Hall
In recent years, it has come to light that the LeConte name is inextricably associated with slavery and racism, and therefore does not reflect the values of the university or our department. Student groups on Berkeley’s campus, most notably the Black Student Union, have long been concerned that prominent university buildings are named after slaveholders, and many physics students are active in supporting constructive change in the department, as are the staff. The voices of physics students and staff rang out loudly and clearly in favor of this renaming, and what they said mattered enormously to the faculty as they took their vote. Our collective resolution recognizes the importance of addressing racism and racial inequities within the scientific community as one part of our effort to build a welcoming and supportive environment for students, faculty, and staff of color.
Poster Series Honors Influential Black Physicists
Physics major Ana Lyons has created 6 posters of influential Black physicists in response to the recent plan of action agenda item to "raise the visibility of Black voices both in the Physics Department and in the field as a whole." These posters are available for download from this page. 6 more posters of current working physicists will be posted soon.