We Are Berkeley Physics

We Are Berkeley Physics

Berkeley Physics strives to provide an inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. The Berkeley Physics Community Principles and participatory First Friday events help us in our ongoing efforts toward this goal.

 

The Physics Department Community Principles:

UC Berkeley has a set of Community Principles that were developed by students, faculty, staff and alumni to affirm and guide personal and collective behavior for the campus community. A process was started during the Physics First Friday workshop in November 2020 to create a set of unique principles for the Physics Department, a set of agreements rooted in our own community values, beliefs and interests. A set of draft principles were drawn up and were evaluated and edited by community members through retreats, town halls, focus groups and surveys during the 2020-2021 academic year. The principles changed as feedback was collected and changes were integrated.

These principles are not a reflection on scientific ethics, reproducibility, honesty, objectivity, impartiality and freedom of thought. They are a series of aspirational statements reflecting the type of culture and work/study environment we wish to build and sustain. They describe the cultural norms to which we wish to subscribe, and describe the behaviors that contribute to Berkeley Physics remaining a respectful and welcoming space.

See a detailed list of our Community Principles here.

 

The Physics Department Community Principles Handbook

This Handbook was compiled by a group of Physics Staff, a subgroup of Physics Staff for Action on Racial Justice. The Handbook is offered in five chapters, one chapter for each of the five principles. You are invited to browse it or to refer to it as needed when you encounter challenges in implementing the Physics Department Community Principles. This Handbook is a work in progress and we invite you to let us hear your suggestions, questions, concerns, and ideas for improving it and making it more useful.

Download the Handbook.

 

Download a Community Principles poster by clicking on the thumbnail below.

 

Upcoming Events

First Fridays

First Friday Anti-Racism Workshops were launched in October 2020 as a forum to bring together the entire physics community in dialogue about our role as a community in dismantling racism in STEM. 

The goals of each First Friday are:

  1. An actionable framework
  2. A thematic concept to improve your racial literacy
  3. Some takeaway or tool to use in your life and at work

Each First Friday Anti-Racism Workshop has a theme. Reading/self study is sent in advance and attendees come prepared to discuss the materials in breakout groups. 

First Friday Workshop Schedule in 21-22:

PLEASE NOTE: All workshops are hosted on Zoom. Morning and afternoon workshops are identical. Registrants can sign up for either workshop.

 

Friday, October 1, 2021, Facilitator: Roia Ferrazares

10:00 am
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvcuqhrzsoHNz6_YudvtUr6_5sWt...
1:00 pm
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUudeurrjsrGN1DRAQ0NbfIhWWvkA...

 

Friday, November 5, 2021, Facilitators: Roia Ferrazares and TBD

*This month’s session will be jointly held with Lawrence Berkeley Lab

10:00 am
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpf-6spjMjGtHfCK_NBRygxs47BW...
1:00 pm
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEscu2orjMoEtQKKvcWsb9O_Jospo...

 

Friday, February 4, 2022 Facilitator: TBD

10:00 am
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsceiupjkiE9xTtlj8kw9J6Yk-Ea...
1:00 pm
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrf-qoqj8iEtL0WiyS_O9xOgQr2k...

 

Friday, March 4, 2022, Facilitator: TBD

10:00 am
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItfuivrjksGNCQUWKpOtMKQApSNu...
1:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIlfu6vrzgtH9w0wkTBiKxMdtytpF...

 

Friday, April 1, 2022, Facilitator: TBD

10:00 am
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIld-Cppz0pHdIAcWfofbrrpzdy3e...
1:00 pm
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqdOivqTooHdbpZpEaGnyJY6Fn42...