The American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics (APS DPP) stands poised to create a healthy climate of diversity, equity and inclusion critical to solving the challenges we face in our field. We acknowledge, as a community, that lack of an open and welcoming climate is a serious problem and we commit to taking immediate action in support of an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment.
I am Tired Sick of being Sick and Tired…
I don't want to hear you say, “Honey, I'm behind you.” Well, move, I don't want you back there. Because you could be two hundred miles behind. I want you to say, “I'm with you.” And we'll go up this freedom road together.
- Fannie Lou Hammer
Civil Rights Activist, Mississippi, United States of America
Plasma Physicists reflect our society incorporating multiple and intersecting identities both visible and invisible. We recognize that established institutional practices, tropes, and policies have caused and propagated harm to marginalized members and potential members of our honored division. APS DPP is working to evolve from the current code of conduct for meetings to a Human Relations Code (HRC) & Bias Incident Policy (BIP) to cover members at all times. The APS DPP Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Organizing Collective Committee (OCC) is championing the effort. A collective of individuals, members of the DPP community and the OCC, are tasked with building this infrastructure we affectionately deem, the HB Crew.
A small, vibrant organization, DPP has struggled to recognize and close historically marginalized and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) disparities. Our systemic approach, employing the Healthy to Innovative (HTI) Framework , is the foundation for three major strategic action areas:
- Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Toolkit - immediate member actions to reduce Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) disparities [1,3].
- Diamond Model Implementation - subject matter experts (SMEs) create a “DEI Strategic Action Plan” to implement at the most marginalized, policy-makers, and decision-makers table .
- Queryable Equity Database (QED) - disparity measurement of EBP/Diamond Model impacts.
This call for proposals is focused on the “Evidence-Based Practices” action area, specifically supporting our Human Relations Code/Bias Incident Policy construction. We need Conflict Mediation and Restorative Justice consultants to facilitate our grounding in Restorative Justice ideology and methodology so we can devise an HRC/BIP with Restorative Justice as the mechanism and Conflict Mediation as the scaffolding. We are looking for proposals for an introduction workshop, 3-4 consultation Q&A sessions, and a final product review to provide “light” verbal and written general commentary on the HRC/BIP documents. We would like you and/or your team to submit a proposed statement of work (SOW) covering the following information: