–Above photo by Clifford Johnson “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.”
Committee for Participant Diversity
The Aspen Center for Physics 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.
Each summer workshop has an organizer appointed to ensure maximum diversity. The ACP formed the Committee on Participant Diversity in 1996 as a standing committee
of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Aspen Center for Physics. 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
Visit our Inclusion page to learn a few of the ways the Center welcomes a diverse population.
Graciela Gelmini (Chair) Please feel free to contact the committee with questions related to participant diversity at the Aspen Center for Physics.
Suggestions for Workshop Organizers (From Past Organizers)
Past workshop organizers have tried a variety of approaches. Our overarching suggestion is that you think about recruiting a diverse applicant pool from the time you begin to identify the participants you
hope to attract to your workshop.
Here are the efforts reported to have been most effective:
advertise the workshop as widely as possible
send a workshop announcement to the WIPHYS mailing list. It reaches about 750 subscribers.Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
use direct e-mail and phone calls to contact physicists from under-represented groups (less-established researchers, women, minorities)
send follow-up reminder e-mails (or phone calls) as the application
consider diversity in constructing the admissions recommendation
list from among the qualified applicants
explicitly mention the ACP diversity policy in announcements advertising
obtain names of active researchers from under-represented groups
by looking at mailing lists from previous conferences in the field and
by asking colleagues for names
consider researchers in sub-fields closely related to, but not
100% overlapping with the workshop topic
consider contacting some of the physicists from under-represented groups
individually; this can be an opportunity to let them know a little about
the Center if they've not attended in the past; some organizers have found
include a sentence mentioning Aspen's daycare in your initial message to potential workshop applicants. Otherwise, physicists with young children may assume that attending the Center just isn't possible for them
Finally, please let the Committee on Participant Diversity know what you
tried and what appeared to help.
Sources of Names of Qualified Physicists from Under–Represented Groups
the American Physical Society's lists of Women and Minority (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American) physicists. These are
sorted by field and include some information about specific research interests.
the APS also maintains a Women Physicist Speakers Bureau; this searchable database includes information on geographic location and research interests. The APS also maintains a mailing list called the Roster of Minorities and Women in Physics that you can pay to use; the APS will send your letter either to the whole list or to a subset you specify (e.g. by field).
lists of participants in recent conferences in your field
citations of recent winners of grants and awards for