Diversity & Inclusion

School of Physics and Astronomy 2020 Group Photo

The School of Physics and Astronomy is committed to providing a welcoming climate for its faculty, staff, and students with special emphasis on inclusion, diversity, and community building.

Climate and Diversity Committee

  • The School of Physics and Astronomy Climate and Diversity Committee establishes structures within the school to support communication and prevent discrimination, bullying, and sexual harassment. If you have suggestions for making the School a more welcoming space or would like to get involved, please contact the committee or attend one of their events.

Society of Physics Students (SPS)

  • SPS is an academic undergraduate organization. They hold activities a variety of activities within the school to provide physics majors a chance to study and talk with others in a friendly, social atmosphere. They also host social events, such as bowling or movie nights, where students get a chance to relax. Want to learn m? Email umnsps@gmail.com

Grad Phi

  • Grad Phi is a graduate student organization focused on developing, supporting, and improving the graduate student community in the School of Physics and Astronomy. They host events like coffee hour, game nights, and hikes. Questions? Want to join? Email spa-gradphi@umn.edu

Women in Physics and Astronomy (WiPA)

  • WiPA was established to raise awareness throughout the School of the important contributions women have made and continue to make in the fields of Physics and Astronomy and highlight the various mechanisms that continue to make it difficult for women to make those contributions. They host a variety of events throughout the year to help support women in the School. Questions? Want to join? Email wipa@umn.edu

Accessible & Gender Neutral Restrooms are available throughout the School of Physics and Astronomy buildings, John T. Tate Hall (Tate) and the Physics and Nanotechnology building (PAN).

  • Accessible Restrooms
    • Tate: Basement Level, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3
    • PAN: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3
  • Gender Neutral Restrooms
    • Tate: Level 1, Level 3
    • PAN: 172

Lactation Spaces

  • Lactation spaces are available across the Twin Cities campuses. See the Lactation Info website for a full listing of spaces and how to reserve them.
    • Nearest to Physics and Astronomy:
      • Tate Hall - 328. This room is only available for denizens of Tate Hall. Please contact Jennifer Petrie (japetrie@umn.edu) in ESCI to sign out a key.
      • Morrill Hall, 2nd Floor next to the Women's restroom. This room is available on a first come, first served basis. No key is required.
      • Lind Hall, 3rd Floor in the Women's restroom. This room is available on a first come, first served basis. No key is required.
      • Cook Hall, Room 100. The room is located to the right off the main lobby and is reservable via calendar. Doubles as a "quiet space" for meditation and/or prayer. Information is on our website at http://z.umn.edu/kin-quiet. The person desiring to use the room should come to see the School's administrative intern in Cooke 111 (612.624-9808 or kinhelp@umn.edu).

CSE Diversity & Inclusivity Alliance

  • The CSE Diversity & Inclusivity Alliance is comprised of students, faculty, researchers, staff, and alumni from across the college. The Alliance's goal is to improve the college's climate through advancement and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity

  • The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) has committed to serving and supporting individuals and groups at the University of Minnesota by creating a welcoming and affirming climate. They strive to reduce barriers people face in their everyday lives and educate the University of Minnesota community so equity and diversity can become everyone's everyday work.

Boynton Clinic - Student Wellness Services

  • At the University of Minnesota, we encourage students to take care of themselves and make their health a priority. Boynton Health Services provides a variety of student wellness services, including de-stressing, nutrition guidance, credit card counseling, and more.