A framework for improving diversity work in physics

Geraldine L. Cochran, Mildred Boveda

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In this paper we draw on Black Feminist Theory to motivate examining diversity work in physics with an emphasis on physics education research. In our framework, we consider three major approaches to doing diversity work acknowledging and naming diversity, affirming diversity, and removing barriers to increase diversity. We examine these approaches with goals of attending to the affordances of existing diversity work and identifying the constraints for those currently seeking to diversify the field. We use intersectionality to critique diversity efforts in physics and conclude with suggestions on elevating and complicating diversity work in physics and physics education research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhysics Education Research Conference, PERC 2020
EditorsSteven Wolf, Michael Bennett, Brian Frank
PublisherAmerican Association of Physics Teachers
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781931024372
StatePublished - 2020
EventPhysics Education Research Conference, PERC 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jul 22 2020Jul 23 2020

Publication series

NamePhysics Education Research Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1539-9028
ISSN (Electronic)2377-2379


ConferencePhysics Education Research Conference, PERC 2020
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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