In Our Department
- History of activism and current efforts
- The Women in Physics group regularly holds events for female faculty, staff, graduate students, majors and minors. You should be automatically added to the mailing list when you declare your degree!
- The department will also send out emails about visitors and talks open to the general student body throughout the year
- If you have general comments or suggestions, contact us and we will pass them along anonymously to the department
- The Physics Department Workplace Climate and Diversity Committee is another great resource for more serious concerns about the department
- There are also a number of resources for you on campus (below)
Organizations for underrepresented students in STEM
- Women in Computer Science (WiCS)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Alpha Omega Epsilon (STEM sorority)
- WashU Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
- St. Louis Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
- Association of Black Biomedical Graduate Students
- American Medical Women’s Association (AWMA)
- Minority Association of Pre-med Students (MAPS)
- Diversity organizations at WashU (not specifically STEM)
Statements by the Department and University
- February 26, 2016 — Department of Physics, Diversity Committee
StudLife Op-ed: An Open Letter from Physics
- April 18, 2017 — Department of Physics
Diversity Statement, Adopted (top)
- April 20, 2017 — The College of Arts and Sciences
Open Letter: commitment to inclusion in physics
- April 24, 2017 — Department of Physics, 24 Faculty Members
StudLife Letter to the Editor: Statement by Physics Faculty
- April 27, 2017– Department of Physics, Diversity Committee
StudLife Op-ed: Diversity in the Physics Department
- A more complete list of articles on department activism efforts…
More Resources at Wash. U.
Wash. U. Physics Workplace Climate and Diversity Committee
“The Physics department is committed to providing a welcoming working environment free of gender, race, and socioeconomic biases.”
The Society of Physics Students President as well as one to two other undergraduate students are chosen to serve a year on this committee during spring elections. If you would like to run, please email us or join us on election night. Also, of you have any suggestions or concerns you would like to voice, SPS can help connect you with a committee member or other available resources on campus.
STEM Pipeline initiatives and people at Wash. U.
“Washington University in St. Louis supports academic pipeline programs to encourage diversity in higher education and research.”
Wash. U. Center for Diversity and Inclusion
“The Center for Diversity and Inclusion enhances and strengthens Washington University in St. Louis’ commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community.
The center’s staff supports and advocates for students from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized populations and creates collaborative partnerships with campus and community members to promote dialogue and social change.”
Bias Response and Support System
“Washington University in St. Louis values diversity, inclusion and human dignity, and strives to foster an environment in which all community members are respected and able to take part in academic, co-curricular and social activities.
Because of these values, the university developed a system through which students, faculty, staff and community members who have experienced or witnessed incidents of bias, prejudice or discrimination involving a student can report their experiences to the university’s Bias Report and Support System (BRSS) team. If you would like to report a bias incident that does not involve a student, please contact Human Resources.”