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Climate & Diversity

The Physics Department strives to establish, maintain, and improve an open-minded and supportive community in which to work, teach and learn. In accordance with these goals, the Physics Department affirms that all community members are to be treated with dignity and respect and that discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated. Moreover, the department is dedicated to partnering with other campus organizations, including those listed below, to develop policies and practices to promote these goals. We further commit ourselves to making the department a supportive, inclusive, and safe environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, parental status, or any other aspect of identity.

Contacts & Reporting

We are always trying to improve the climate in the department and we welcome feedback.  Please feel free to contact the members of the Climate and Diversity Committee with any input or suggestions. If you have a specific incident or concern you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact a faculty or staff member of the Climate and Diversity Committee, the Department Chair, or select your status with UW–Madison in the accordion panel below and choose one of the contact options listed.

The Climate and Diversity Committee, is co-chaired by Profs. Kevin Black and Justin Vandenbroucke and includes Profs. Vernon Barger, Shimon Kolkowitz, and Lu Lu; staff members Michelle Holland, Chris Moore, Susan Nossal, and Sarah Perdue; and graduate students Abigail Bishop and Joelle Corrigan.

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For faculty and staff

Department Contacts

(note: our department Human Resources position is currently vacant)

College of Letters & Sciences Contacts
  • Cheryl Adams Kadera, Director of Human Resources
  • Gloria Marí Beffa, Associate Dean for the Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Eric Wilcots, Dean
Ombuds Office
  • Confidential, impartial, informal, independent, open to all faculty and staff at UW-Madison
Office of Compliance
  • ADA: reporting incidents in violoation of the Americans with Disabilities act
  • Title IX: reporting sexual harassment and sexual violence
  • Equal Opportunity Investigation Program: reporting incidents in violation of state, federal and university non-discrimination policies and procedures, including but not limited to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
Hostile and Intimidating Behavior (HIB)
  • Definitions, resources, and trainings

For graduate students

Department Contacts
University Health Services
Dean of Students Office
College of Letters & Sciences Contacts
  • Cheryl Adams Kadera, Director of Human Resources
  • Gloria Marí Beffa, Associate Dean for the Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Eric Wilcots, Dean
Office of Compliance
  • ADA: reporting incidents in violoation of the Americans with Disabilities act
  • Title IX: reporting sexual harassment and sexual violence
  • Equal Opportunity Investigation Program: reporting incidents in violation of state, federal and university non-discrimination policies and procedures, including but not limited to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
Hostile and Intimidating Behavior (HIB)
  • Definitions, resources, and trainings
Ombuds Office
  • Confidential, impartial, informal, independent, open to all faculty and staff at UW-Madison

For undergraduate students

Department Contacts
University Health Services
Dean of Students Office
College of Letters & Sciences Contacts
  • Cheryl Adams Kadera, Director of Human Resources
  • Gloria Marí Beffa, Associate Dean for the Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Eric Wilcots, Dean
Office of Compliance
  • ADA: reporting incidents in violoation of the Americans with Disabilities act
  • Title IX: reporting sexual harassment and sexual violence
  • Equal Opportunity Investigation Program: reporting incidents in violation of state, federal and university non-discrimination policies and procedures, including but not limited to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
Hostile and Intimidating Behavior (HIB)
  • Definitions, resources, and trainings
Ombuds Office
  • Confidential, impartial, informal, independent, open to all faculty and staff at UW-Madison

For volunteers and visitors

Department Contacts

(note: our department Human Resources position is currently vacant)

Office of Compliance
  • ADA: reporting incidents in violoation of the Americans with Disabilities act
  • Title IX: reporting sexual harassment and sexual violence
  • Equal Opportunity Investigation Program: reporting incidents in violation of state, federal and university non-discrimination policies and procedures, including but not limited to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation