EIC is a monthly event series open to all members of the CU physics community. Each event is a 90-minute guided discussion over coffee and cookies about issues relating to equity and inclusion in physics. You can find a schedule of this semester's events here.
The goal of a university should be to provide for the development of all participants, and mentorship is a critical part of meeting that goal. Mentoring occurs in many areas of the physics department: between faculty and students in a research setting, between two students in an academic setting, etc. Research has shown that underrepresented groups tend to benefit more from mentoring and yet receive it less. This event will explore the concept of inclusive mentoring and how we can work towards it in the physics department.
The Equity, Inclusion, and Cookies (EIC) event series serves as a mechanism for providing all members of the CU physics department with increased awareness of, education about, and community support around issues of equity and inclusion. The organizers of EIC base their work on the following principles:
Issues of equity and inclusion are relevant to all members of the physics department.
Learning about equity and inclusion is multifaceted, involving
There is no such thing as passive equity or passive inclusivity. If we do not intentionally work to make ourselves and our institutions equitable and inclusive, then we will remain inequitable and exclusive.
Talking about equity and inclusion is difficult work that can be threatening and risky, especially for people from minority groups. Therefore, this work must happen in an environment that supports the wellbeing of its participants, particularly those from minority groups, so that everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow.