KIPAC is committed to being a place where all of its members have the opportunity to do their best work, and strives to support efforts to diversify the profession through its hiring practices, through training and mentoring diverse groups of students and postdocs, and through bringing the excitement of science to diverse audiences.
KIPAC members have recently developed a Statement of Values and Code of Conduct, which we ask all members, visitors, and participants in our activities to agree to follow.
KIPAC members are deeply engaged in the equity and inclusion efforts of the broader physics community, and in related issues at SLAC. Current KIPAC Director Risa Wechsler facilitated the development of the Physics Department's E&I strategic plan with the E&I committee; KIPAC Deputy Director Bruce Macintosh currently chairs this committee, and many KIPAC members, especially students and postdocs, have led activities in this committee. The committee's activities include educational seminars and regular discussion of E&I topics through a reading group, programs to recruit undergraduates and graduate students with diverse backgrounds and identities, and several activities focused on broadening participation in physics and astronomy at all career stages. KIPAC members are also involved in the APS IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance) effort, a cross-institutional effort to share and learn effective practices for inclusion and equity.
KIPAC members also participate in a range of outreach activities including those that focus on underresourced communities and seek to broaden participation in science.
We have a current task force (including students, postdocs, staff, and faculty) looking at additional equity, inclusion, and climate issues that are specific to KIPAC, and KIPAC management welcomes feedback on anything we can do to make KIPAC an inclusive working environment for all or that KIPAC can do as a catalyst for a more equitable community (e.g. by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org).