Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance

A community of transformation in physics enacting strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
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APS-IDEA goals

APS-IDEA empowers physics departments, laboratories, and other organizations to enact successful strategies that spur collective, cultural change within the scientific community toward diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Discover our successful strategy to create change


APS-IDEA welcomes individuals, departments, collaborations, laboratories and other physics organizations dedicated to advancing DEI within the scientific community.

Members of the network are organized into teams, which receive support and trainings in fostering an inclusive, diverse, and equitable culture within their organizations.

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Network members

APS is grateful to our IDEA teams, which include universities, laboratories, collaborations, and other physics organizations around the world.

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Steering committee

The APS-IDEA steering committee comprises the leadership of the alliance, making structural and organizational decisions for the project.

Vemitra Alexander

Dr. Vemitra Alexander, a native of Crawford, Mississippi, graduated with her Ph.D. in 2016 from Mississippi State University in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development.

Kayla Baker

Kayla Baker (she/her) is the diversity program manager at APS, where she manages the activities and organization of APS-IDEA.

Sidney Brandhorst

Sidney Brandhorst (she/her) is a research advancement administrator at the School for Computing and Augmented Intelligence at Arizona State University.

Erika Brown

Erika Brown, PhD, (she/her) is the diversity program lead at APS.

Dessie Clark

Dessie Clark (she/her) is the associate director for program assessment and research collaboration of University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s ADVANCE Program.

Marvin Jones

Marvin Jones, Jr. (he/him) is a Ph.D. candidate in astrophysics at Indiana University Bloomington.

Tiffany Lewis

Tiffany Lewis, PhD, (she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Jasper Scelsi

Jasper Scelsi (he/him) is a physics graduate student at Towson University. His research includes studying the proper motion of “The Swirl” in the oxygen-rich supernova remnant Puppis A.

Thank you to our supporters

APS is grateful to this initiative's supporters, including the APS Innovation Fund, AIP Diversity Action Fund, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and private donations.


Please email the APS-IDEA team with questions.


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