Equity & Inclusion News

Equity & Inclusion News

During the current climate of change, Berkeley Physics strives to sustain transparency in its approach to "Black Lives Matter".


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.

Graduate Student Letter to Faculty

Staff Letter to Faculty

Faculty Response to Students and Community


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.

Visit this news page for more information and updates on this proposal.