Aspen Center for Physics (ACP) is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. The Center does not discriminate based on personal factors including (but not limited to) race, color, national or ethnic origin, alienage, age, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, political affiliation or philosophy, disability, or veteran's status. In its programs, on its campus, and among its participants and staff, the Center will not tolerate actions that constitute discrimination or harassment.

The  Committee on Diversity was formed in 1996 as a standing committee of the ACP. It serves as a resource for the Center's officers, general members and workshop organizers to help the Center fulfill its goal of increasing participation by physicists belonging to traditionally under-represented groups.

The activities of the ACP Committee on Diversity include:
  • Developing policies and guidelines to help ACP committees to be Diversity-aware and ensure that Diversity is considered at all levels of ACP activities
  • Fostering a Diversity friendly climate
  • Informing ACP members and workshop participants of issues related to diversity and implicit bias
  • Ensuring that all major ACP committees include a Diversity coordinator
  • Periodically assessing the status of Diversity and Climate at the ACP and informing the General Members

I also benefitted from the environment at Aspen in that a high fraction of the participants of the Local Group workshop were women. I came to Aspen from an institute with no other female postdocs or faculty in the field of astronomy. Although I felt very happy and comfortable at my home institute, I appreciated being in an environment with a high concentration of accomplished female scientists.