Useful reading

Improving a sense of belonging and identity in Physics & Astronomy for everyone

Groups on Campus

National Groups

  • SACNAS has an active chapter at Penn with lots of events, and is the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.  Inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of underrepresented trainees in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Annual conference with talks, posters, networking opportunities.
  • NSBP is the National Society for Black Physicists.  Annual conference with talks, posters, networking opportunities.

Code of Conduct

Campus Resources

  • The Penn Ombuds office is confidential and welcomes any member of the Penn community who is experiencing difficulty or conflict at work, within their studies, or throughout their life at the University more broadly. There are so many options at Penn that a confidential, neutral, independent, informed but informal evaluation of the options available is a key feature of this office.  Many people don’t find out about the Ombuds until a problem has escalated into a crisis.  The Ombuds encourages people to contact them at the earliest stages of a problem.  The Ombuds offers an accessible and safe place to resolve differences, explore matters of concern, improve communication, and generate and evaluate options.
  • There are several other confidential resources that may be contacted for counseling, support and advice. These include: for students  – Counseling and Psychological services (CAPS), Student Health Services (SHS), Penn Violence Prevention (PVP); for students, staff, faculty – Special Services Department in the Division of Public Safety, the Office of the University Chaplain, the African-American Resource Center, the Penn Women’s Center, and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center. Links to these can be found at the websites of the Office of the Associate Vice President for Equity and Title IX Officer (AVP) and the Penn Ombuds office.