Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Organizing Collective Committee

 A healthy climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to solving the challenges we face in our field. The DPP is committed to providing an inclusive space where scientists can exchange ideas and share their interests in plasma physics, regardless of their origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. We acknowledge, as a community, that the lack of an open and welcoming climate is a serious problem, and we commit to taking immediate action in support of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

The DPP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Organizing Collective Committee (DPP DEI OCC) was assembled in 2019 to better ascertain current DPP DEI health and move forward in creating actions that will improve the DPP climate. The committee is currently working to collect and disseminate DPP survey data to identify equity gaps. As we are not subject matter experts in issues of climate and inclusion, the committee is working to identify external professional experts who can help us take effective actions.

DEI Activities 

Examples of how DPP DEI recommendations have recently been implemented to promote a positive climate:

Community Agreements were derived to ‘set the rules’ at the start of professional meetings. These Community Agreements were adopted at the 2019 DEI Town Hall at the APS-DPP Meeting and the APS-DPP Community Planning Workshops in Knoxville and Houston.

The Community Plan for Fusion Energy and Discovery Plasma Sciences includes a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Executive Summary. Specific recommendations were put forth in the section “Cross-cut WF: Develop a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce for Fusion and Discovery Plasma Science, Engineering, and Technology” (pg 113 of the document). Under Category A: Embrace diversity, equity, and inclusivity to attract the broadest array of talent and diversity of thought, the recommendations are:

  • Recommendation A-1: Engage Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Experts to Advise our Community and Develop Assessment Tools
  • Recommendation A-2: Implement New/Updated Policies and Codes of Conduct to encourage DEI
  • Recommendation A-3: Incorporate consideration and promotion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity efforts as an integral aspect of the review process for institutions seeking federal funding from DOE OFES
  • Recommendation A-4: Create an accessible environment for all members of our community
  • Recommendation A-5: Increase funding opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Recommendation A-6: Create Parental Leave Policies

More details on these recommendations can be found in the Community Plan. For more information on the community planning process, click here.

APS Programs

APS offers Climate Site Visits to:

  1. Provide an outside appraisal of the environment experienced by women and minorities within the department or lab, and
  2. Provide suggestions to leadership for interventions or changes that can address practices that might limit or reduce participation by underrepresented groups. 

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