Diversity Statement

The Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame is committed to developing and sustaining an inclusive environment for all in our community.

Inclusion is the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity. Diversity is defined broadly and includes both individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, country of origin, physical abilities, as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations). Inclusion requires an environment free from both harassment and the perpetuation of stereotypes.

Our community includes physics faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate physics majors, as well as students who interact with us through our courses and others through the department’s outreach. Family, visitors, and collaborators are also considered as being impacted by our community.

The department’s diversity committee aids in this effort by research, promoting of best practices, and engaging the community in thoughtful conversation.

We encourage our community to strive for diversity awareness and to be willing to address equity issues by taking constructive actions.

We are not alone in our efforts and have endorsed the American Physical Society’s joint statement on diversity and are an APS Bridge member institution.

Physics Department Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee will work with the chair and the University Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion to ensure that the Physics Department is and remains a diverse environment at all levels and in which all feel welcome. The committee will help to collect data on efforts to promote diversity in the department and will make recommendations to aid those efforts.

Prof. Rebecca Surman (Chair), rsurman@nd.edu
Prof. Philippe Collon
Prof. Morten Eskildsen
Prof. Arielle Phillips
Prof. Anna Simon
Dr. Taylor Tobin, Postdoctoral Research Associate
(+ Grad student)


The department ombudsperson provides a safe forum for the graduate students, undergraduates and junior faculty to present complaints or discuss issues. To be effective, the ombudsperson has the discretion to keep complaints anonymous (while following the Title IX reporting rules).

Prof. Anna Simon, anna.simon@nd.edu

College of Science Diversity Council

Physics Department representative: Prof. Anna Simon, anna.simon@nd.edu

Diversity & Inclusion at Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame promotes a spirit of diversity and inclusion through academic inquiry, and programs and opportunities that reflect our foundational belief in the dignity of all men and women. Learn more at diversity.nd.edu.