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.

Nuclear Engineering Equity Adviser


Prof. Rebecca Abergel

Nuclear Engineering
4109 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).

For Spring 2020, the composition of the Committee is as follows:
Faculty Chair - Rebecca Abergel abergel@berkeley.edu
Student Co-Chair - Eric Matthews (PhD) efmatthews@berkeley.edu
Student Advisor Member - Kirsten Wimple kirstenw@berkeley.edu
Secretary - Jessica Chow (MEng) jessica.chow22@berkeley.edu
Nominated Members -
Tyler Bailey (PhD) tybtab@berkeley.edu
Laura Shi (UG) laurajshi@berkeley.edu
Marissa Ramirez de Chanlatte (Affiliate) mzweig@berkeley.edu


Meetings will be held monthly on the last Monday of each month. The last 30 min of each meeting will be open to all, from 3:30pm to 4pm, just prior to the Department colloquium. If you have any questions, feel free to email any of the individuals listed above.