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Climate and Diversity

About Us

In October of 1999, then-Dean Daniel Larson formed a committee charged with the task of assessing the climate within the Eberly College of Science as a place to work and study. The information gathered since then has been used to further the college’s vision of providing a supportive and welcoming environment in which all of its diverse members can carry out their individual missions of research, service, teaching, and learning. The committee is charged by the dean to assess and improve the climate of the Eberly College of Science as a place to work and study. Committee members represent every area of the college and consist of faculty, staff, and student members. In addition to the college committee, each department has a committee to address issues at the departmental level.


Our Vision

The Eberly College of Science is a vibrant scientific and educational community, open and welcoming, creative and adaptable, renowned for excellence in research and teaching and for improving the world through our students, our discoveries, and our inventions.

To achieve this vision, the Eberly College of Science strives to provide access to rich education, research, and employment experiences that will motivate and enable all of our students, faculty, and staff to seek the highest levels of intellectual achievement and personal growth. Our intellectual strength and diversity will be paralleled and enriched by our demographic diversity and by the way in which we create an inclusive and sustaining climate for everyone.

What Climate and Diversity Mean to Us

The Eberly College of Science recognizes diversity as a broad and multifaceted issue. We strongly support the University’s nondiscrimination policy and seek to provide an environment of mutual respect among individuals of all backgrounds and those holding differing perspectives and ideas.

Climate is the word we use to describe the atmosphere in the college. How does it feel to be a member of our college? We strive to foster a climate that is supportive of and welcoming for everyone—including those of different cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs, as well as nontraditional learners and those with disabilities—and to create an environment in which each member can achieve their fullest potential.

The Climate and Diversity Committee chooses issues to address each year and makes recommendations to the dean about policy changes or actions the college might take to improve climate. Past recommendations have included implementing the Ombuds program, graduate student mentoring guidelines, digital displays, and postdoc individual development plans.

Most specific actions and recommendations come from subcommittees that meet outside the full committee. Anyone in the college may join a subcommittee of interest.

  • Staff
  • Graduate students
  • Communication
  • Postdocs and nontenure-line faculty
  • Awards
  • Events

To join a subcommittee, contact Kristin Finch (, our staff support for the Climate and Diversity Committee, and she can connect you with the subcommittee chairs.