PICA is a diversity group primarily run by graduate students with support from faculty members in the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Department. We dedicate our time to raising awareness of actions that can increase diversity and inclusiveness within the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Department. We work towards providing a safe space for graduate students to discuss challenges they face in the department as well as in the wider field of STEM.
We meet every other Monday at 3:00pm in Duane Physics - G126. To receive updates about upcoming meetings, please email Hayley to be added to the email list.
Each meeting, we assign one student to be the "shepherd" who presents background information (generally a mix of scientific papers and online articles) and guides our discussion. They are also in charge of enforcing our Ground Rules that help create a level playing field for discussion and growth. All interested graduate students and faculty are invited to come and participate in these conversations, but we expect all participants to be aware of and follow these rules.
For more information, please get in touch with one of our three student leaders: