Equity and Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The following fundamental 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 Nuclear Engineering 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.

Mental Health

UC Berkeley provides a comprehensive Mental Health Handbook plus a helpful "Gold Folder" guide for helping people in distress.

For more information please visit: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/counseling/prevention-education-outreach/mental-health-handbook

Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination

The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and university policy, prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person at the University on the basis of a protected category. These policies apply to all aspects of University participation, e.g., admission, employment, access, and treatment in University programs and activities. The University also prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Anyone can report an incident of discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence by sending an email to ask_ophd@berkeley.edu.

You may also either contact a faculty or staff you feel comfortable talking to or to leave a comment (with contact information) so we can follow up on the NE Department Feedback Form.

The Department will treat any concern confidential and will follow adequate procedures, in coordination with the Campus Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD), as required by law.

The UC Berkeley PATH to Care center offers confidential support and resources to students (undergraduate, graduate, professional, online, visiting) who have experienced harm related to sexual violence and sexual harassment, or who are supporting others.

Statement from the Nuclear Engineering Department Regarding Current Events.

We, the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley are deeply appalled by the racist killings of recent weeks and mourn the tragic loss of the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and Breonna Taylor and the racism directed at Christian Cooper and so many more. We as a department stand in solidarity with the victims of this violence taking place across America.

Our society’s failure to protect our people of color, disadvantaged and the most vulnerable among us from any form of attack is deeply concerning and shows the deep underlying systemic disregard for the basic rights of minority groups.

We express our solidarity with those who have bravely engaged in peaceful protests across the country. We support the peaceful and respectful actions taken by so many demanding an end to racism and hatred.

Unchecked violence at the hands of police and civilians requires our urgent attention.

All of us -- as faculty, staff, parents, students, and colleagues -- must renew our commitment to actively stand against systemic racism and the devaluation of Black Lives.

The Nuclear Engineering Department

Nuclear Engineering Equity Adviser


Prof. Bethany Goldblum

Nuclear Engineering
4113 Etcheverry Hall

The mission of the NE Equity Adviser is to ensure our principles are implemented and respected at all levels within the Department, to help devise and implement solutions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues not necessarily involving formal investigations, and to serve as pointers to campus resources for conflict resolution and emotional and mental health. Any member of the NE Department and community can come to the Equity Adviser for help.

The NE Equity Adviser is an active member of the UC Berkeley College of Engineering Council on Equity & Inclusion. The charge of this Council is to consult, formulate and implement a plan to achieve the College of Engineering’s Equity and Inclusion goals of eliminating the barriers to full participation by traditionally underrepresented groups, and to actively encourage the broadest participation possible in partnership with the Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion and the entire College community (faculty, staff, and students at both the College and Departmental levels).

Climate Advisory Committee

The UCB NE Climate Advisory Committee was first formed in the Spring 2020 with a mission "To foster innovative actions that create and sustain an inclusive environment that values the contributions of all affiliates within the UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering department." A specific role of members in this committee is to come, individually and collectively, to the assistance of faculty members, staff, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates facing a variety of interpersonal problems.


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