PSDiverse - the PSD EDI Student Committee

Overview

Mission

  • To elevate and amplify student voices across the PSD units, build community, and instill a sense of belonging in all students.
  • To create long-lasting and sustainable EDI student-focused programs for the PSD that will exist and operate beyond the tenure of appointed committee members.

Vision

To embody critically conscious leaders who are dedicated to investing resources into themselves and their communities, creating an inclusive climate for all.

Goals

The goals of the student committee are to increase retention and create a climate of inclusion for graduate students.

About PSDiverse

The mission of the PSDiverse Diversity Ambassadors is to transform how all students experience PSD by equipping PSD student leaders to advance the mission of the PSD EDI Office of creating an inclusive, welcoming, and equitable learning and working community in the Physical Sciences Division. Additionally, Diversity Ambassadors will engage the PSD student community by providing discussions designed to heighten awareness around social responsibility and societal change, while fostering a sense of belonging for all students.

Positions

The PSD EDI Office is looking for 14 student Diversity Ambassadors who contribute to a sense of belonging and how community is experienced at PSD by facilitating the engagement in diverse and inclusive discourse. Each PSD Department will have up to two Student Diversity Ambassadors who will represent the student voice to the PSD EDI Office.

We invite students to apply for the new cohort of PSDiverse Diversity Ambassadors for 2022-2023.

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 15, 2022, 11:59 PM

Eligibility

Applicants must be full-time students at the time of their application and in academic good standing. Elected Diversity Ambassadors must retain their eligibility for the duration of their service.

Responsibilities

The Diversity Ambassadors will:

  • Serve as a student representative for their department to the PSD EDI Office for a maximum of two years, with the ability to re-apply for the position after the first year.
  • Build and maintain relationships with students in their Department.
  • Attend all required retreats, meetings, and trainings.
  • Develop valuable, marketable interpersonal skills such as conflict resolution, teamwork, leadership, advocacy, and intercultural competence.
  • Learn about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility concepts and strategies.
  • Expand understanding of multiple intersecting identities including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender, ability, religious affiliation, and how they impact lived experience.
  • Raise awareness around social responsibility and societal change among peers.
  • Build a community amongst fellow Diversity Ambassadors that is supportive and empowering.

Requirements

  • Diversity Ambassadors are students who are organized, resourceful, responsible, and flexible.
  • Diversity Ambassadors must be in good academic and conduct standing with the University.
  • Diversity Ambassadors must have completed a minimum of one academic year by the beginning of the Autumn 2022 Quarter.

To Apply

  • The online application will open Monday, March 14, 2022, and is due Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 11:59 pm.
  • Applications include:
    • An updated resume that includes campus and community involvement.
    • Recommendation from UChicago faculty or staff - details will be shared with interviewing applicants.
    • Unofficial transcript.
  • Interviews will take place the week of May 23-27, 2022, by appointment. Final selections and announcements will be made on Monday, June 13th, 2022.

Submit your PSDiverse Diversity Ambassador application today! - please use your UChicago credentials to log in to Microsoft Forms.

Retreat

All selected Diversity Ambassadors will attend the PSDiverse Retreat Saturday, July 30, 2022, 9 AM - 4 PM, to get to know each other and become familiar with the objectives of the program. The Retreat will feature various workshops, team-building exercises, and training pertinent to their role. The Retreat sessions are designed for students to build skills and knowledge base around concepts of class, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, intercultural competence, conflict resolution, and advocacy.

Diversity Ambassador Meetings

  • Diversity Ambassadors will meet monthly for up to 1.5 hours throughout the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters with the Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Those meetings present an opportunity for the Diversity Ambassadors to connect with one another, provide updates on their departments, share best practices, resolve problems, and receive additional training as needed.
  • Meetings will include a meal.

Commitment and Timing

PSDiverse is a tremendous opportunity for students to be able to serve as Diversity Ambassadors for their departments to the PSD EDI Office in an advisory capacity. It is expected that Diversity Ambassadors will be able to serve in their positions for a maximum of two years, with the ability to re-apply for their position after their first year of service. See the section below for important dates to remember.

Dates to Remember

  • Applications Due | Sunday, May 15, 2022, 11:59pm
  • Interviews | Monday, May 23 - Friday, May 27, 2022, by appointment
  • PSDiverse Retreat | Saturday, July 30, 2022, 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Meetings | Monthly, October 2022 - May 2023

For more information, please contact Aleksandra Ninova-Parris, Diversity Director of Diversity and Inclusion for PSD, aninovaparris@uchicago.edu

Current PSDiverse Members:

Maria Hernandez Limon

María Hernández Limón

Geophysical Sciences Student
mdhernandez@uchicago.edu

My research focus/interest is biological oceanography in the Great Lakes. The EDI student committee is a bridge between students and the PSD administration. Together we can make programming that creates a better community for everyone.


Meg Doucette

Meg Doucette

Mathematics Student
mdoucette@math.uchicago.edu


Jordan Kemp

Jordan Kemp

Physics Student
kempj@uchicago.edu

I am a third year physics PhD candidate studying the intersection of applications of physics in game theory. I think crafting a supporting research environment takes a consistent dialogue between faculty, administration, and students. The EDI student committee fills this role by giving students an institutional process to structure goals and priorities with one another, and directly communicate with the administration.


Benjamin Lee

Benjamin Slaw

Chemistry Student
beslaw@uchicago.edu

I am a sixth year student in the Chemistry PhD program whose research explores the impact of lipid physical properties on protein behavior and function. I am extremely excited to work with the EDI student committee to continue building a strong, supportive, and inclusive environment for underrepresented students in the PSD!


Abby Stevens

Abby Stevens

Statistics Student
abbystevens@uchicago.edu