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We cannot claim to be equitable or diverse until the community of scholars in the UCSD Physics department is representative of the state and national population. Currently, the UCSD Physics department has no faculty members who self-identify as Indigenous/Alaska Native, Black/African-American, or Pacific Islander.

This demographic inequality is perpetuated by the physics community itself, especially within UCSD. Many treat diversity as a superficial objective that is beneath their scientific pursuits, which inherently promotes the oppression of communities, identities, and individuals already underrepresented in the field. It is imperative for the UCSD Physics department to understand its continued failure to the community and actively work to change the status quo.

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Get Involved

If you’re interested in getting involved, there are a number of things you can do. For those of you who are allies to any cause, remember it is not enough to sign a petition or claim you believe in equality: “to be an ally means taking on the struggle as your own…”

  1. Read through the resources
    • We provide a non-thorough list of resources to begin educating yourself on the role of oppression in Physics.
  2. Have conversations
    • Discuss issues of oppression with your faculty mentors. It’s important that we recognize that too many physicists are uninterested in these topics because they feel it doesn’t pertain to their research directly. If you feel comfortable, try to bring up issues of equality in group meetings or in office hours.
  3. Attend events.
    • Many of the events we are promoting are held by national organizations. Attending the events will help in educating yourself as well as establishing a genuine involvement in these issues.
  4. Join the mailing list (click the subscribe button above)
    • We will be sending important updates and information regarding the UCSD Physics department’s involvement in EDI issues. This is a good way to stay informed and aware.
  5. Attend GSDI meetings
    • Come join us! We hold biweekly meetings and the date and time changes each quarter. Contact us or subscribe to our mailing list if you’re interested in attending. Alternatively, you can join our Slack channel.
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General Resources

UCSD Resources