Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Physics

The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community. We are grateful to live, learn, work, and play on these lands.

As with all scholarly pursuits, personal and universal advances in Physics are both shaped and skewed by the people who practice it. In the Department of Physics, we recognize the importance of ensuring diverse perspectives and experiences in all aspects of the enterprise of Physics (from outreach and education, to administrative and technical support, to cutting-edge research). We deeply value the creativity, innovation, and new ideas that come through the inclusion of  all voices.  

We acknowledge that historical and continuing biases in society and in the field of Physics have limited and continue to limit participation in the enterprise of Physics for many people, including but not limited to women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2S+ communities. As we work towards an evermore inclusive, equitable, and diverse department, the Department of Physics is committed to reducing existing barriers and creating a culture that ensures equitable and inclusive participation by all.  To this end, we commit to welcoming change while cultivating an open and respectful environment that values all perspectives in dialogue and decision-making; we commit to providing support and services that make Physics accessible to all; we commit to establishing safe spaces, especially for equity-seeking members of our community; and we commit to providing a platform for department members to learn more about equity, diversity, and inclusion.