Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Women in Physics

Between 2012 and 2014, approximately a tenth of physics bachelor's degrees at U of I have been awarded to women. Despite the Department of Physics being commonly known as a friendly and encouraging community committed to achieving academic excellence through collaboration, this number is rather low. As a community, we are dedicated to rejecting this status quo and want to not only encourage more female students and researchers to join our ranks, but also support the women already working within our department. We believe that we will be most successful only when everyone with a passion for research, education, and outreach can work within our community without fear of discrimination or harassment based on race, color, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, religion, culture, national origin or ancestry, or socioeconomic status. We recognize that discrimination and bias based on gender and gender identity are all too common and aim to strengthen a departmental culture that makes these incidents rare and unacceptable in every way. Furthermore, we want to actively maintain and reinforce an environment where women and gender minorities can thrive and feel supported and empowered as researchers, members of our community and, quite simply, people. Through our work, we wish to present these individuals with tools for success, provide resources for amplifying their voices, and offer any aid necessary for making everyday experiences in the Department of Physics encouraging and positive.

Women in Physics and Astronomy Retreat at Camp Widjiwagan in Springfield, IL flyer August 21-22, 2018
Women in Physics and Astronomy Retreat at Camp Widjiwagan in Springfield, IL flyer August 21-22, 2018
As a first step in building a supportive community for women and gender minorities in our department, we are starting the 2018-2019 academic year with the first ever Women in Physics and Astronomy Retreat at Camp Widjiwagan in Springfield, IL. This free, two-day camping retreat will be a great time to meet new people, learn about the department, and have fun! Food, housing, and transportation will be provided, along with a host of fun activities!

If you are interested please fill out the following Google Form to register: https://goo.gl/MjfqAq.

If you have questions or would like more information don't hesitate to contact us at wip.retreat@gmail.com.