Diversity @ KICP
Diversity Policy of the 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 scientific enterprise more broadly. The KICP strives to provide an environment that encourages the richer exchange of ideas that a diverse group of members enables. The KICP 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 KICP 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 KICP also embraces and adheres to the University's policy on Freedom of Expression.
As part of providing a welcoming environment for all within the KICP, harassment will not be tolerated. The KICP 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 KICP 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 KICP; some come as short or long-term members to collaborate or present talks; others attend KICP 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 KICP 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 KICP-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 KICP. All meeting participants will be informed of this policy in their invitation letter and will be asked to contact the KICP's Assistant Director (Ted Ressell) to report any instances of harassment encountered at a KICP hosted event. The Assistant Director will then direct the complaint to the correct person/group to ensure that it is investigated and followed up.
As it is part of the KICP, all activities of the NSF-sponsored Physics Frontier Center (Pushing Cosmology to the Edge) are subject to our diversity policy.
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
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