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Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

Our department began forming a strategic plan in 2016-17 to produce a more equitable and inclusive department.  It was developed by the Equity and Inclusion Committee, which consists of faculty and staff members, postdoctoral scholars, and undergraduate and graduate students, with input from the physics community and experts at Stanford and across the field. The goals of the strategic plan were approved by the department faculty in Winter 2018. The committee continues to welcome feedback from community members on how the goals and strategies should be improved. Please contact us at with any ideas and suggestions.

What are the goals of the plan?

Under this strategic plan, Stanford Physics will: 1) develop and adopt practices to broaden participation in physics at all levels, and 2) proactively promote a culture that supports the success and well-being of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We expect that success in these goals provides a major opportunity for our department to attract and develop the most talented physicists from our community and the world, from a wide range of backgrounds and demographic groups.

The plan details actions in six areas: Department Climate and Policies, Undergraduate, Graduate, Postdoctoral Fellow & Research Associates, Faculty, and Staff. For each area, we have formulated key goals and their desired five-year outcome, with specific strategies to achieve each of those key goals.