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Inclusion and Equity in Physics & Astronomy

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Value Statement

Physics and Astronomy are best done in an inclusive environment. The students, staff, and faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy are committed to professional interactions, with respect and consideration of the rich and diverse backgrounds of all its members. We expect each member of our Department to encourage and support a culture of equity and inclusion of all social identities in all activities in which we participate, and to uphold all Ohio University diversity policies.

Reporting Issues and Concerns

  • For issues specific to the Physic and Astronomy Department, you may want to contact one of your professors, your research advisor, the Physics and Astronomy Department chair Dr. Eric Stinaff or the Physics and Astronomy ombuds-person Dr. Kordesch.
  • Reporting with The Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility (CSSR) ("Community Standard Incident report", "Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Incident Report" and "Academic Misconduct Incident Report"): The Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility aims to advance the educational mission of Ohio University and the Division of Student Affairs by providing meaningful opportunities for students to learn what it means to be a member of the Ohio University community and the Bobcat Family.
  • Reporting with The Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC) ("Sexual misconduct" and "Discrimination/bias"): ECRC ensures that the University maintains an employment and educational environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. ECRC monitors the educational environment and workplace to stop, remediate, and prevent discrimination based on protected status.
  • Reporting with the Title IX officer: The Title IX Coordinator can be reached by email at or phone at 740-593-9140.

Getting Support at Ohio University and Within our Professional Associations

At Ohio University

Professional Societies

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Best Practices for Diversity Inclusion and Equity

In Physics & Astronomy

At Ohio University

Ohio University Policies

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Inclusion and Equity Committee of the Physics & Astronomy Department

The goals of the committee are to assess the diversity, inclusion and equity climate of the P&A department, to affirm and communicate those values within the department and to research and implement best practices.

  • Roster of the Inclusion and Equity Commitee: J. Frantz, S. Ulloa, and J. Roche.
    Please feel free to contact committee members with any generic issues or concerns you may have about diversity, inclusion and equity climate in the department. We encourage you to report specific and personal issues to the persons and offices listed above in the section Reporting issues
  • OneDrive directory: to get access ask Roche.
  • IE actions in the department (please send corrections and additions)
    • Join the APS-IDEA initiative on behalf of the department. Our local team is made up of R. Baker, K. Brandenburg, C. Burgad, K. Ferris. J. Frantz, S. Sudebi, E. Rice, J.Roche. A. Shamoumehr, S. Ulloa and S. Upadhyay.
    • Support SPS and WIPHA lunches (here)
    • Invite Inclusion, Diversity and Equity colloquium speakers (eg Fa2020: G. Cochran (slides), Sp2020: E. Bertschinger (slides), 2019: W. Rogers )
    • Support travel to Inclusion, Diversity and Equity national meetings: CUWIP, RPR, ...
    • Facilitate or track IDE trainings: e.g. SVSH prevention training for grad students (assigned by the CAS dean), RPR student-led workshop...
    • Share leadership with students: e.g. TA assignment audits by graduate students

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