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Community and Inclusion Committee

Community and Inclusion Committee

The departmental Community and Inclusion Committee aims to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy such that the representation of traditionally underrepresented and marginalized groups, within the department, is more reflective of our society, and work towards a sustainable, diverse, and thriving physics/astronomy community.

The departmental Committee on Community and Inclusion was formed in summer 2020. It is an integral part of the department. The committee’s activities are informed by APS-IDEA (inclusion, diversity, and equity alliance) and the committee’s goals are aligned with multiple “tactics” of OU’s Strategic Plan and the College of Arts and Sciences' Strategic Plan.

The work of the committee is directed at improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy such that the representation of traditionally underrepresented and marginalized groups, within the department, is more reflective of our society, and work towards a sustainable, diverse, and thriving physics/astronomy community.

Committee Charge

Guiding Principles
  • Most people can meet their full potential only when they feel safe and comfortable, i.e., when they feel that they are included and that they belong; therefore, inclusion is a necessary but not sufficient condition of equity.
  • Shared leadership (i.e., a leadership style in which the interest groups that are impacted by a decision have an active voice during the decision making process) fosters an environment in which departments are better able to learn, innovate, perform, and adapt; correspondingly, the committee includes undergraduate student, graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, staff, and faculty members or liaisons.
  • Everyone in the department is welcome to provide input through email, via in person/zoom meetings, as well as anonymously (using the Drop Box that is available through the committee's website; click on "Drop Box button" on the left).
Our Goals
  • Create an inclusive and supportive climate for all members of the department---not limited to underrepresented minority groups, the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities and non-traditional backgrounds---that provides equitable opportunities for learning, development, success, and academic excellence.
  • Develop and implement policies and best practices that enhance diversity and equity among undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, staff, and faculty.
  • Develop and implement sustainable activities that enhance retention of diverse undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, staff, and faculty.