All events take place in DUAN G126 on Thursdays 1:30-3pm. 

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What is the role of graduate admissions, and is it fulfilling that role?  In this event, we will investigate current admissions practices, both nationally and within the CU physics department, and evaluate whether these practices select for students who can be successful physicists and in what ways they are, or are not, equitable and inclusive. We will work to define our goals for an equitable and inclusive admissions process and devise methods to obtain those goals.  We welcome all members of the department to participate in this discussion.

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Additional Materials:

Council of Graduate Schools report "Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions"

Sedlacek article: Why We Should Use Noncognitive Variables With Graduate and Professional Students

Casey Miller and Keivan Stassun, "A test that fails", Nature 510, 303 (2014) doi:10.1038/nj7504-303a

Keivan G. Stassun, Susan Sturm, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Arnold Burger, David J. Ernst, and Donna Webb, "The Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program: Recognizing, enlisting, and cultivating unrealized or unrecognized potential in underrepresented minority students", American Journal of Physics 79, 374 (2011); doi: 10.1119/1.3546069

Klieger, D. M., Cline, F. A., Holtzman, S. L., Minsky, J. L. and Lorenz, F. (2014), New Perspectives on the Validity of the GRE® General Test for Predicting Graduate School Grades. ETS Research Report Series, 2014: 1–62. doi:10.1002/ets2.12026

Join us on the #grad-admissions Slack channel for continued discussion about this event! If you are not a member of our Slack group, please email for an invite. 

When you look around the physics department, who do you see?  Who’s over-represented, and who’s under-represented? Do power and privilege play a part?

EIC is a monthly series of 90-minute guided discussion (over coffee and cookies) about issues related to equity and inclusion in physics, providing an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to contribute to important conversations about our departmental community. To kick off the year, we will define and discuss power and privilege, which are the themes for this semester’s events and are fundamental concepts for understanding issues of equity and inclusion. All are welcome!

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Join us on the Slack channel for continued discussion about this event! If you are not a member, please email for an invite. 


“White men can’t jump,” “dads can’t change a diaper,” “women aren’t good at math,” “Asians can’t drive.” Stereotypes are everywhere, and they have consequences. Stereotype threat describes the situation in which there is a negative stereotype about a persons’ group, and he or she is concerned about being judged or treated negatively on the basis of this stereotype. Ironically, this extra pressure can undermine the individual, leading them to confirm the negative stereotype. This ultimately can make it more difficult for negatively stereotyped people to succeed.

This interactive, discussion-based presentation will define stereotype threat and discuss its origins, consequences, mechanisms, and potential solutions. Come join us as we learn about how stereotype threat impacts how we all learn and work in the physics department.

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Have you ever felt like you weren’t supposed to be where you were despite your skill and abilities? Have you ever wondered how to support other people who feel this way?

At this event, Lilyana Ortega and Pilar Prostko from the CU Dialogues program will be leading a discussion on imposter syndrome as it pertains to people in STEM fields. After a brief presentation on what imposter syndrome is, the group will divide into student and non-student subgroups in which participants will have the opportunity to share their perceptions and experiences with others in their subgroup. The goal of this dialogue is to hear and learn from the multiple perspectives that we bring to the table so that we can be better at managing imposter syndrome in our own lives and those of our students, friends, and colleagues.

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Dialogue Facilitation

This talk will examine inclusivity by considering individual experiences of acceptance, fit, and belonging within physics classes. I will discuss the basic concept of belonging, and research we have done to examine gender differences in belonging within physics classes. These studies also show how belonging relates to academic performance and persistence. I will also consider ways to increase inclusivity by facilitating belonging.

Publications related to presentation:

The Effects of Gender Composition on Women's Experience in Math Work Groups

Fitting in to Move Forward: Belonging, Gender, and Persistence in the Physical Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (pSTEM)

Talking about difference is not easy, but it is a necessary part of the change process. What does it mean to be the ‘other’ or to mark someone as such? How do we all create the ‘other’ in our everyday choices and what power lies in recognizing our own ‘other-ness’? Utilizing various theater techniques, Ms. Roberts invites participants to explore the significance of the “us vs. them” dynamic in the work of identity construction. Participants will be introduced to key vocabulary, themes, and skills in an effort to equip them with tools to keep the dialogues going.



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Implicit Bias FAQs

Have you wondered how you can help to make the CU physics department a more welcoming place for your LGBTQ+ students, classmates, labmates, colleagues and more? Come to the kick-off discussion for the monthly Equity, Inclusion, and Cookies series to learn and discuss!

Faculty, students, post-docs, staff – all are welcome!

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