As we wrap up 2020, APS is focusing on ongoing initiatives that are intended to promote inclusion and increase diversity in physics. If you have been seeking ways to engage in or show your support for making improvements in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion in physics, please consider making a gift towards this campaign.
Some of these programs are highlighted below and help to develop and support an equitable environment that is truly welcoming.
- The APS Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance (APS-IDEA) is a new initiative with a mission of empowering and supporting physics departments, laboratories, and other organizations to identify and enact strategies for improving equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) by establishing a community of transformation.
- The National Mentoring Community facilitates and supports mentoring relationships between African American, Hispanic American, and Native American undergraduate physics students and local physics mentors to help these students complete bachelor's degrees in physics.
- The Bridge Program has the goal of measurably increasing the number of physics PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority (URM) students, identified as African American, Hispanic American, and Native American, by creating sustainable transition programs and a national network of doctoral-granting institutions.
- The NSF INCLUDES Alliance: IGEN (Inclusive Graduate Education Network) is a partnership of over 30 societies, institutions, organizations, corporations, and national laboratories poised to lead a paradigm shift in increasing the participation of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority (UREM) students who enter graduate or doctorate level programs in the physical sciences.
- STEP UP mobilizes thousands of high school physics teachers to help engage young women in physics, works to change deep-seated cultural views about physicists, and inspires young women to pursue physics in college.
- The APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) helps undergraduate women continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas.
Whether it’s a gift of your contribution, or your voice, we welcome your support in any form. We encourage you to join your colleagues in highlighting the diversity and inclusion efforts at APS. Please share your own stories and tag us on social media—we’d love to share!