Access, Diversity & Inclusion

As a community, we respect the dignity, individuality, and freedom of each member. At the same time, we strive to be a place where individuals and groups learn with and from each other. We aim to foster a sense of shared experience and common purpose, along with a collective responsibility for each other's well-being, and for the well-being of the University as a whole. Although we acknowledge the difficulties inherent in creating a community of individuals who are different from each other, we remain unwavering in our commitment to both diversity and community in a context of academic excellence. We seek to enable all members of this community to pursue their educational, scholarly, and career interests in an environment that recognizes both the distinctiveness of each person's experience and the common humanity that unites us all, and permits us to take full educational advantage of the variety of talents, backgrounds, and perspectives of those who live and work here. Read School of Physical Sciences Code of Conduct.

                  Our goal at the School of Physical Sciences is to create access to our programs, outreach for underrepresented communities, and represent inclusion within our school.

Black Thriving Initiative
Latinx Thriving Initiative
Student Access & Recruitment
Research Opportunities
Advancing Faculty Diversity

In the News

Jan 7, 2021
In an interview, the heads of UCI’s PACE mentoring program describe how the grant will help turn mentors into field-leading scientists.
A portrait photograph of Arianna Long, an astrophysicist.
Nov 20, 2020
UCI astrophysicist faces the universe’s darkness with help from those around her and from the stars above her.
Nov 18, 2020
This month, you’ll be hearing about Native Americans at the School of Physical Sciences, and how they make the School what it is.
Nov 3, 2020
The plan calls for the entire department to consider how racism manifests itself in academia, and to then follow those considerations with action.
Oct 22, 2020
The network is helping the department to better foster inclusion, diversity and equity.
Oct 21, 2020
The School of Physical Sciences is proud to launch a new program aimed at honoring students who have enabled the success of women in the natural sciences. The Women in Natural Sciences (WiNS) award,…
Oct 16, 2020
Grads in the UCI Department of Mathematics are working to foster community and grow diversity.
Aug 25, 2020
Assistant Professor of Teaching Bob Pelayo teaches mathematics at UCI. But going in front of a classroom or a Zoom room is just the first step in a process that sees Pelayo helping underrepresented…
May 22, 2020
Nobody in Katy Rodriguez Wimberly’s family does anything similar to what she does for a living, so when she heard that she won UCI’s Latino Excellence and Achievement Award, she knew that one of the reasons why was due to how out of the ordinary it was for her to come to UCI to get her PhD.
Apr 2, 2020
When Katy Rodriguez Wimberly came to UCI in the fall of 2016 to start her PhD in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, she came straight from a summer program offered by the university called “Competitive Edge.” The program gave her six weeks to get to know UCI, and to meet faculty and fellow grad students who gave her tips on how to do well in the years to come. The connections she made that summer helped her feel like she belonged in grad school, and that she was a part of the UCI…
Inclusive Excellence Leadership
Isabella Velicogna
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Equity and Inclusion
Professor, Department of Earth System Science
Mu-Chun Chen
Equity Advisor
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Ann Marie Carlton
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Kathleen Johnson
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Professor of Earth System Science
Natalia Komarova
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Professor of Mathematics
Franklin Dollar
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy