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.