Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, diversity and inclusion are core components of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. Students, postdocs, and faculty are working together to build a culture within the department where under-represented groups can thrive. Please find our community values statement here.

Here you will find information about

  • The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Council: The EDI Council consist of a group of students, postdoc, faculty and staff, working together to mobilize the entire department in order to achieve the ultimate goal of making the department a more equitable, diverse and inclusive place.
  • The Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Astronomy (IDEA) group: A group of early-career astronomers and physicists in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics promoting inclusion, diversity and equity in STEM.
  • Community Engagement Working Group: The Community Engagement Working Group is comprised of graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty from the Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A) department and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP). We are working to attain a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment in our department for all current and incoming members. We also aim to build relationships with community members and organizations in the neighborhoods surrounding the University.
  • Department Ombudsperson: The Department Ombudspersons are available to provide private, independent, impartial, and informal assistance for anyone in the department community, which includes students, postdocs, faculty, staff, and visitors.
  • Other University Resources: Other resources and initiatives across the University.

Monthly Calendar of EDI Events

All events/meetings are open to the public.