February 1, 2020 at 5:15 pm

Physics Colloquium | Departments That Excel In Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Ohio University and Across Nation, Feb. 28

The Physics & Astronomy Colloquium Series presents Dr. Edmund Bertschinger of MIT discussing “Departments That Excel In Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Ohio University and Across the Nation” on Friday, Feb. 28, at 4:10 p.m. in Clippinger Labs 194.

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Edmund Bertschinger

Abstract: Women and people of color are severely underrepresented in many STEM departments, especially in physical sciences and engineering. In addition, people with intersecting marginalized identities, including sexual and gender minorities and people with disabilities, often experience unsupportive environments. Professional societies and universities have issued reports full of recommendations for improvements, but change is slow and difficult.

Using data on student and faculty demographics, departmental practices where they are known, interviews where they are available, and research from the AIP TEAM-UP study and other sources, I will present evidence as to how successful departments in physics, engineering, and computer science create environments where all people can thrive.

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