Astronomy Division Diversity Resources

The UCLA Physics & Astronomy Department and in particular the UCLA Division of Astronomy and Astrophysics is committed to promoting and fostering an inclusive environment to serve our diverse community of learners.

We are committed to promoting and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment of learners for basic fairness and because diversity fosters innovation. We are dedicated to supporting and engaging faculty and students from a broad array of backgrounds and experiences to tackle some of the biggest questions in astronomy and physics. The Department strives for an environment of respect for all its members, who share the common purpose of the study of physics and astronomy.
 
The UCLA Physics & Astronomy Department, in accordance with the policy of the University of California, is deeply committed to promoting and fostering an inclusive community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and creativity. We strive to maintain an environment in which all members of our department can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of sexual harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Please see the University of California policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment here: https://equity.ucla.edu/programs-resources/policy/#svsh
 

Report an Incident

In 2020, UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion unified existing civil rights investigatory units under the new Civil Rights Office (“CRO”), which serves UCLA’s campus and the UCLA Health System, and is led by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights. One bottom to report an incident can be found here

 
This website provides details regarding past and upcoming workshops, and a list of further resources.


If you have questions, suggestions or would like to report something please contact us.


Upcoming diversity presentations

Date Location Presenter and title
Monday, August 23, 2021, 3-4pm ZOOM
Gender DiversiTea JC
History and intersectionality - Smadar Naoz and Dalton Jones
 
Monday, August 30, 2021, 3-4pm ZOOM
Gender DiversiTea JC
LGBTQ Inclusivity -Kristian Barajas and Isabella Trierweiler
 
Monday, September 20, 2021, 3-4pm ZOOM
Gender DiversiTea JC
MIT and the AIP reports - Alice Shapley and Shawn Knabel
 
Monday, September 27, 2021, 3-4pm ZOOM
Gender DiversiTea JC
Why are there still so few women in the sciences? - Gabi Guttormsen and Denyz Melchoor
 
Monday, October 4, 2021, 3-4pm ZOOM
Gender DiversiTea JC
Women in UCLA - Isabel Angelo and Liz Holzknecht
 
Monday, October 11, 2021, 3-4pm ZOOM
Gender DiversiTea JC
How COVID affected women? and How Science Got Women Wrong, - Sanaea Rose and Tony Pahl
 
Monday, October 18, 2021, 3-4pm ZOOM
Gender DiversiTea JC
Jocelyn Bell Burnell movie - TBA
 

Past diversity presentations

 

Date Location Presenter and title
Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 1-2:30pm ZOOM
Bystander Intervention and Building a Culture of Inclusion Workshop  
In this discussion we'll learn how to speak up when harassment and microaggressions happen in the workplace, using techniques of bystander intervention (whether you're a bystander or responding directly). Through practical and hands-on small group activities and self-reflection exercises, participants will be able to recognize both subtle and more severe forms of prejudice. We'll practice techniques to enable a culture of accountability, rather than blame, to address inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

Features of the workshop include:
  • Identifying and understanding what makes a microaggression, and what its harm is
  • Practicing what to do if participants experience or observe harmful behavior in the workplace by a peer, superior, direct report or any other individuals in the workplace; and
  • Tools to cultivate and model a culture of respect and inclusion
This workshop will be led by Audrey Roofeh and Swati Srivastava, experienced workshop facilitators and workplace culture consultants. You can read their bios here
Wed. May 26 2021, 3:30pm ZOOM

Emily Rice (City University of New York)


Science of All Stripes: 
Creating an Eclectic Academic Career and Broadening Inclusivity

The landscape of academic science has changed significantly in recent decades and is poised to change even more in the near future. We can leverage these cultural changes to create an environment that is both inclusive to more people and effective in preparing students (science majors and non-majors alike) for a wider variety of careers and more broadly defined success. I’ll share my own path to science, including graduate school at UCLA, and a variety of science projects I have been involved in along the way to becoming tenured faculty at the City University of New York, including: planetarium shows, parody music videos, media appearances, Astronomy on Tap public outreach events, STARtorialist science fashion blog and shop, the AstroCom NYC research mentorship program, and the BDNYC  brown dwarf research group. The implicit mission that connects these eclectic projects is to expand support for, participation in, and even the definition of science.

Recorded talk

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1pm ZOOM DiversiTea: Title: "Can you trust your own mind?"
Description: "In this DiversiTea - professional development event we will explore some of the pitfalls set up by our minds and in our work and study place."
Tuesday 12/1/20 1pm  ZOOM DiversiTea on anti-racism led by Kristian Barajas
Thursday 11/19/20, 4pm  ZOOM Sherard Robbins (University of Arizona) Power & Privilege

This one-hour presentation has been designed to offer an in-depth dialogue around the systems of power and privilege and how they impact our everyday lives, personally, professionally, and academically. This session offers discussion time to define privilege and how those systems serve as predicates for how we interpret normalcy and establish a standard of justification. Through the exploration of power and privilege, participants will gain a better understanding of how to promote inclusivity and social justice among people of all identities.
Tuesday 10/20/20 1pm  ZOOM DiversiTea Town Hall (aimed at discussing the next step of activities and actions followed our 11 week JC program, presenting the DEI strategic plan etc.)
Thursday 10/15/20 11am ZOOM Joyce Yen, (University of Washington) will talk about de-biasing the evaluation processes.

Monday 8/31/20 3pm

ZOOM

DiversiTea JC: 13th movie discussion TBD

Monday 8/24/20 3pm

ZOOM

DiversiTea JC: Race outside academia: Veronica Dike, Helen Kim

Monday 8/21/20 3pm

ZOOM Discussion on the Picture a Scientist movie

Monday 8/17/20 3pm

ZOOM

DiversiTea JC: Race outside academia -  Ronald Lopez, Nick Geiser, Anshul Kogar

Monday 8/10/20 3pm

ZOOM

DiversiTea JC: Prop 209 - Stuart Brown, Anna Ciurlo, Elizabeth Mills

Monday 8/3/20 3pm

ZOOM

DiversiTea JC: Representation in Astronomy and Physics Model minority - Tuan Do, Devin Chu

Monday 7/27/20 3pm

ZOOM

DiversiTea JC: Representation in Astronomy and Physics AIP report - Alice Shapley, Dorsa Majidi, Kyle Ferguson, Matt Hosek

Monday 7/20/20 3pm

ZOOM

DiversiTea JC: Representation in Astronomy and Physics AIP report - Alice Shapley, Dorsa Majidi, Kyle Ferguson, Matt Hosek

Monday 7/13/20 3pm

ZOOM

DiversiTea JC: Intersectionality - Smadar Naoz, Sarah Chase

Monday 7/6/20 3pm

ZOOM

DiversiTea JC: Equity literacy,  - Denyz Melchor, Tony Pahl

Monday 6/29/20 3pm

ZOOM

DiversiTea JC: White Privilege -  Sanaea Rose, Alice Shapley,, Smadar Naoz

Monday 6/22/20 2pm

ZOOM

DiversiTea JC - logistics 

Tuesday 1/21/20 1pm PAB 4-330 DiversiTea: Stephanie Hamilton (Astro-Better) science communication
Thursday 1/9/20 PAB 1-434

Physics Colloquium: Elizabeth Simmons (UCSD) "Gender, Equity, Power Structures and Implicit Bias in STEM"

 

Tuesday 10/22/19 1pm PAB 4-330

DiversiTea

Tuesday 11/11/19 1pm PAB 1-434

Sherard Robbins presentation (Visceral Change ) "All Aboard: Diversifying Your Hiring and Admission with All Intents and Purposes."

 

Tuesday 11/26/19 1pm PAB 4-330

DiversiTea

Tuesday 5/28/19 1pm PAB 4-330

DiversiTea - community conversation

Tuesday 5/7/19 1pm PAB 4-330

DiversiTea - Dr. Nicole Cabrera Salazar "Our Complicity in the Leaky Pipeline"

Tuesday 4/30/19 1pm PAB 4-330

DiversiTea

Tuesday 4/2/19 1pm PAB 4-330

DiversiTea

Tuesday 2/26/19 1pm PAB 4-330 DiversiTea
Friday 1/18/19 2pm CNSI auditorium

BLINDSPOT: HIDDEN BIASES OF GOOD PEOPLE by Prof. Mahzarin Banaji, (Harvard)  implicit bias talk.

Friday 1/18/19 4pm PAB 3-703

Grad students meeting Prof. Mahzarin Banaji

Tuesday 12/4/18 1pm PAB 4-330 DiversiTea  - Stereotype threat overview with references
Tuesday 11/6/18 1pm PAB 4-330 DiversiTea 
Tuesday 10/16/18 1pm PAB 4-330  Frst DiversiTea - Reading: Income vs. College Changes and GRE scores of prize postdoctoral fellows - Sanaea Rose

Tuesday 9/27/18 1pm

PAB 4-330

Erika Nesvold: Finding Jobs Outside Academia

Tuesday 3/6/18 1pm PAB 4-330

Shanna Shaked: Mentoring in astrophysics

Tuesday 2/6/18 1pm

PAB 4-330

Jacquie Beaubien: Students' achievements workshop

Wednesday 11/8/17 

PAB 3-703

Keivan G. Stassun (Vanderbilt University, Fisk University): A Model for Dramatically Increasing Diversity at the PhD Level in Science and Engineering

Tuesday  4/11/17 PAB 4-330

Prof. Jenessa Shapiro: Implicit biases and stereotype threats

Tuesday 1/24/17

Knudsen 2-222

Dr. Patricia Tan: Strategies for Coping with Stress and Anxiety in Graduate School and Beyond (only for students and postdocs)

Tuesday  4/11/17 PAB 4-330

Prof. Jenessa Shapiro: Implicit biases and stereotype threats

Tuesday  6/23/17 PAB 4-330

Prof. Smadar Naoz: Invisible barriers


UCLA internal resources
 

UCLA equity, diversity, and inclusion
https://equity.ucla.edu/programs-resources/
https://equity.ucla.edu/programs-resources/campus-resources/

These websites provide information regarding resources for issues such as discrimination prevention, title IX, student affairs programs, and other resources. There are also educational links which have information about implicit bias, stereotype threat, and classroom climate. I think the discrimination prevention team could be a valuable resource because they investigate discrimination claims made by students, staff, or faculty. They also hold training to prevent discrimination and bias.

Anxiety and mental health resources
UCLA OCD Program: (310) 794-7305
UCLA Anxiety Disorders Program: (310) 794-1038
UCLA Trauma Psychiatry Service: (310) 794-1076
UCLA Child and Adolescent Program: (310) 825-0122

UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic
https://www.semel.ucla.edu/adc/clinic

This is a possible alternative to using CAPS, which is usually very overbooked and therefore not an option for a lot of students.

CAPS workshops and trainings
http://www.counseling.ucla.edu/Workshops-Traninings

CAPS resources for mental health and common concerns
http://www.counseling.ucla.edu/Resources/Online-Resources-Apps

This link includes resources for apps, including some about anxiety and relaxation techniques.

CAPS list of community resources
http://www.counseling.ucla.edu/Resources/Community-Resources

UCLA Sexual violence prevention and response:
http://www.sexualviolence.ucla.edu/Filing-a-Report

This website outlines all of the options for filing or not filing a report and provides a list of available resources through UCLA and the surrounding community.

The UCLA Physics & Astronomy Department, in accordance with the policy of the University of California, is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and creativity. We strive to maintain an environment in which all members of our department can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of sexual harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Please see the University of California policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment here: https://equity.ucla.edu/programs-resources/policy/#svsh


SACNAS at UCLA (Society for the advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans)
http://www.sacnasatucla.com/

Women in Physics and Astronomy at UCLA
http://wipa.physics.ucla.edu/

Women in Physical Sciences at UCLA (for undergrads)
http://ugradwomen.pa.ucla.edu/
 

External resources

Astronomy in Color (In pursuit of social justice, diversity, and excellence in astronomy)
http://astronomyincolor.blogspot.com/

Astronomy Allies
http://www.astronomyallies.com/Astronomy_Allies/Welcome.html

Women in Astronomy blog
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

AAS Committee for Sexual Orientation and Gender Minorities in Astronomy
https://sgma.aas.org/

AAS Committee for the Status of Minorities in Astronomy
http://csma.aas.org/

Sexual Assault Resources: CARE
http://www.sexualviolence.ucla.edu/Portals/33/Documents/ResourcesandOptions%20Brochure%20June2016.pdf

This lists reporting options, confidential resources, advocacy, and additional resources, as well as explains different forms of sexual violence and harassment.