Statement on Diversity

These principles of community for the University of California, Berkeley, are rooted in a mission of teaching, research and public service and are fully upheld by the astronomy department. They reflect our passion for critical inquiry, debate, discovery and innovation, and our deep commitment to contributing to a better world. Every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring and humane environment in which these values can thrive.

  • We place honesty and integrity in our teaching, learning, research and administration at the highest level.
  • We recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors.
  • We affirm the dignity of all individuals and strive to uphold a just community in which discrimination and hate are not tolerated.
  • We are committed to ensuring freedom of expression and dialogue that elicits the full spectrum of views held by our varied communities.
  • We respect the differences as well as the commonalities that bring us together and call for civility and respect in our personal interactions.
  • We believe that active participation and leadership in addressing the most pressing issues facing our local and global communities are central to our educational mission.
  • We embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal.

For more information, visit UC Berkeley's Division of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity page.

Reporting Harassment

The Department of Astronomy is committed to providing support to anyone who has experienced any form of harassment or discrimination that impedes on one's right to a safe work environment. We have compiled a list of department and campus resources that are available to anyone looking for assistance with reporting any form of harassment. 

Proposals for UC Policy Changes 

On Oct 19 2015, members of the Astronomy faculty sent a letter to Vice Provost Broughton and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Steele proposing a number of changes as to how the campus can prosecute sexual harassment cases. On Oct 22 2015, this letter was also communicated to Academic Senate Chair Hermalin and Vice Chair Powell. The letter is currently available here.

Department Climate Surveys

Current Survey

In Spring 2016, a survey was circulated specifically to residents of Campbell Hall covering issues of sexual harassment; discrimination along the lines of gender, race, ethnicity, and disability; and supervisor relations. Results of that survey, including the executive summary and follow-up actions, can be downloaded HERE

Past Surveys

The 2015 survey was sent to department members and alumni to inquire about the current department climate.  The survey summary describes response percentages and findings. The survey's response comments on these findings and outlines courses of action.

Responses to the University's Title IX Investigation

The following letters were written in October 2015 by the UC Berkeley Astronomy Department community in response to the University's Title IX investigation of Geoff Marcy.