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Activities

Activities

The Community and Inclusion Committee meets regularly to discuss and work on various aspects related to its charge. The committee also promotes educational events and discussions. Here you will find a detailed summary of events and activities from past semesters.

  • Co-hosted two colloquium speakers in collaboration with WiP (Prof. Kelly Nash, UTSA, and Prof. Chandralekha Sing, University of Pittsburgh).
  • Held Town Hall meeting of Community and Inclusion Committee in Fall 2021.
  • Collaborated with G-PSI on hosting graduate research poster session.
  • Reviewed departmental "Red" and "Green" Books from the perspective of "inclusive language" and passed committee's assessment and suggested revisions on to GSC and UGSC.
  • Worked on welcome guide for the departmental website, with input from departmental Publicity & Web  and IT Committees. 
  • Town Hall Meeting of Community and Inclusion Committee: Friday, 02/05; 3.30-4.30pm (virtual).
  • Physics and Astronomy Colloquium by Dr. Renee Horton entitled "The Pain of Exclusion and the Intersection of Diversity and Inclusion," Thursday, 02/11, 3.45-4.45pm (discussion followed, ~5-6pm); put on jointly with Womxn in Physics group.
  • Hosted Arlene Modeste Knowles, TEAM-UP Diversity Project Manager at the American Institute of Physics virtually on April 13, 2021. The presentation was entitled "The AIP TEAM-UP Report and Supporting African American Physics Students." The presentation (3-4pm) was followed by an hour of discussion.

The committee worked, among other things, on:

  • Outline of a DEI initiative document (components of the document formed the basis for portions of the departmental draft Strategic Plan).
  • Discussion of the TEAM-UP report, with focus on implications for the P&A Department at OU. 
  • Informational presentation by and discussion with Dr. Monica Plisch and Brian Clash, American Physical Society (APS), on the APS Bridge Program.
  • Graduate student training by Dr. Elizabeth Karr, Associate Dean of the Graduate School.
  • Faculty training by Dr. Rodney Bates, Director of Graduate Student and Postdoc Retention and Support.
  • Co-hosted, together with Womxn in Physics, DEI colloquium speaker Prof. Angela Speck.

The committee worked, among other things, on:

  • Planning and implementing the "Drop Box" that is now part of the committe's website.
  • Writing the first draft of the departmental Code of Conduct, presenting it to the faculty, incorporating feedback, and getting the Code of Conduct approved by the faculty.
  • Leading the discussion on adding students to the Undergraduate Studies Committee, the Graduate Studies Committee, and the Graduate Recruiting and Selection Committee, in addition to having student, postdoc, and staff representation on the Community and Inclusion Committee.