The Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as it is central to our mission as an educational institution to ensure that each member of our community has the full opportunity to excel. Chemistry benefits society immensely, but our field does not adequately reflect the diverse communities we serve.1 This population includes individuals with unique experiences as women and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color along with other underrepresented groups and those with invisible identifiers (e.g., first generation, immigrants, low socioeconomic status, LGBTQ+, and/or scholars with disabilities). The racial and gender gap within chemistry facilitates inequality with regards to attrition, salary, recognition, and award.2-9The National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics shows Black chemists have long been in low numbers in academia, and still routinely leave at every level. Barriers to entry and the attrition of underrepresented scientists poses an urgent threat to scientific innovation by missing out on diverse minds and talent.9We cannot deny that systemic problems surrounding race and sex explicitly exist in chemistry.10 It is past time we spoke out in solidarity with our neighbors, in particular now, as the year of 2020 experienced shocking anti-Black racism, as evidenced by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Violence and racism have been experienced by people across the globe throughout history, and this is unjust.
As a community of chemists, we recognize and value our diverse experiences and backgrounds as we help develop the next generation of scientific talent and strive for chemical discovery. We commit ourselves to identify and eliminate racism and other forms of bias from all Department affairs, and ensure all members of our community have the opportunity to thrive. We commit to take action in service of marginalized people, and have started doing so.
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Iyer, S. K.; Stallings, D.; Hernandez, R. National Diversity Equity Workshop 2015: Intersectionality in Chemistry Faculties. In National Diversity Equity Workshops in Chemical Sciences (2011–2017); American Chemical Society, 2018; Vol. 1277, pp 79– 107.
Cossairt, B. M.; Dempsey, J. L.; Young, E. R. The Chemistry Women Mentorship Network (ChemWMN): A Tool for Creating Critical Mass in Academic Chemistry. ACS Cent. Sci. 2019, 5 (10), 1625– 1629, DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.9b00926.
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Campus Resources and Incident Reporting
- UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence
- Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) Mentors
- List of Equity Advisors on UCI's Campus
- UCI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
- UCI Cross Cultural Center
- UCI Ombudman's Office (confidential reporting)
- UCI CARE (confidential reporting)
- UCI Office of the Campus Social Worker
- UCI Counseling Center
- Reporting UCI Police Misconduct Complaints (anonymous reporting available)
- UC Systemwide Reporting of Acts of Intolerance (anonymous reporting available)
Videos and Recorded Discussions
- Implicit Bias Video Series - UCLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
- Becoming anti-Racist in The Physical Sciences - Ali Younis, Moises Romero, Heriberto Flores Zuleta, Jennifer Campos Ayala, Khawla Mustafa, Clarabella Li
- Racial Injustice and the Academy - Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, UCI Professor and Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies
- The Fire Next Time: Anti-Black Racism and the Struggle to Live in the United States | June 4, 2020 - UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence
- The 2%: Navigating UCI as a Black Student - Anteater TV
- The Fire This Time: Race at Boiling Point - Hosted by the UC Humanities Research Institute
- The New York Times 1619 Project Podcast Series, Episode 1: The Fight for True Democracy
- The House We Live In (documentary excerpt)
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - Police Brutality
- Avoiding gender bias in reference writing - Uof A Commission on the Status of Women
- Being Antiracist - National Museum of African American History & Culture
- Blacklivesmatter - Resource Guide
- Particles for Justice resource list
- The Long Reach of Racism in the U.S. - The Wall Street Journal
- Why Are There So Few Black Physicists? - Gizmodo
Resources for Faculty
- UCI’s Commitment to Inclusive Excellence Preamble
- Office of Inclusive Certificate Program for Faculty
- Diversity Resources
- Guidance for Writing Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement
- UCOP Guidelines for The Use of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statements for Academic Positions at the University of California
- Assessing Faculty Contributions to Inclusive Excellence
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