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The Center recognizes the value of diversity in all of its activities and for the scientific enterprise more broadly. The Center strives to provide an environment that encourages the richer exchange of ideas that a diverse group of members enables. The Center provides a welcoming and inclusive environment to all of its members: undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, senior researchers, faculty, short- and long-term visitors, and staff. In accordance with University policy, the Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, veteran status, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, parental status, ancestry, source of income, credit history, housing status, order of protection status, actual or perceived association with such a person or other protected classes under the law. The Center also embraces and adheres to the University's policy on Freedom of Expression.
As part of providing a welcoming environment for all within the Center, harassment will not be tolerated. The Center is a part of the University of Chicago, which possesses a comprehensive and well-defined set of policies and procedures for dealing with unlawful harassment. The Center adheres fully to these policies and all reported cases of unlawful harassment will be investigated and handled according to these policies.
Visitors play a vital role in the scientific mission of the Center; some come as short or long-term members to collaborate or present talks; others attend Center organized or sponsored conferences or workshops, which may be held on the UChicago campus or at nearby hotels or institutions (e.g., UChicago's Gleacher Center, Fermilab or Argonne). The Center embraces the guidelines for scientific meetings set out in the American Astronomical Society's (AAS) Anti-Harassment Policy for Meetings and Activities. Cases of alleged harassment at Center-sponsored conferences, workshops, or other similar events will be handled within the context and spirit of these guidelines with the role of the AAS being replaced by that of the Center. All meeting participants will be informed of this policy in their invitation letter.
The Center recognizes the importance and value of diversity to its scientific, educational and outreach missions and, more broadly, to the science enterprise. The Center thus seeks to increase the participation of women and under-represented minorities within the Center and in the wider area encompassed by the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The Center has developed programs and procedures to advance diversity in all of its activities and to increase the representation of, and to promote opportunities for, groups traditionally under-represented in Physics and Astronomy, especially women and under-represented minorities within the Center and beyond. Below is a summary of some of our current programs and procedures designed to promote diversity.
Scientific activities including visitors and meetings
Education, Outreach & Diversity Programs