Diversity @ KICP
The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago recognizes the value of diversity in all of its activities and for the larger scientific enterprise. The KICP strives to provide an environment that encourages the richer exchange of ideas that a diverse group of members enables. The KICP strives to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment to all: undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, senior researchers, faculty, short- and long-term visitors, and staff.
The KICP adheres to the University of Chicago's policies and procedures for dealing with harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct. These policies apply to all members of the University community as well as to KICP visitors. To report an incident of Harassment, Discrimination, or Sexual Misconduct, go to the Get Help link.
The KICP also embraces and adheres to the University's policy on Freedom of Expression and has a set of KICP Community Values.
KICP Community Values
The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) recognizes the value of diversity, respect and the free exchange of ideas in the scientific enterprise. We also recognize our shared responsibility in upholding these values which benefit the entire KICP community - KICP members, staff and visitors. Specifically, we are committed to:
Anyone who has concerns about behavior inconsistent with our community values may contact one of the two KICP Ombudspersons, whose roles include providing advice on possible courses of action and, if appropriate, making a recommendation for action to the KICP Director.
Nothing in this statement of values should be construed as conflicting with UChicago's policies and procedures for dealing with harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct. These policies and procedures apply to all members of the KICP community.
The KICP Ombudspersons are available to provide private and independent advice for anyone in the KICP community, which includes KICP members, staff and visitors. The Ombudspersons assist in identifying options for dealing with violations of the KICP Community Values. The KICP Ombudspersons report only to the KICP Director. The Ombudspersons are also familiar with UChicago's policies and procedures on harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct and can provide assistance in identifying appropriate UChicago resources.
Diversity Plan of the KICP
The KICP recognizes the importance and value of diversity to its scientific, educational and outreach missions and, more broadly, to the science enterprise. The KICP thus seeks to increase the participation of women and under-represented minorities within the KICP and in the wider area encompassed by the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The KICP 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 KICP and beyond. Many of these activities are funded by the Physics Frontiers Center (Pushing Cosmology to the Edge) at the KICP. Below is a summary of some of our current programs and procedures designed to promote diversity.
KICP Scientific activities including visitors and meetings
Education and Outreach Programs
Hiring and operations
Champion and exemplar for diversity on the UChicago campus and beyond