Statement of the AIP Board of Directors on Confronting Harassment, Bullying, Exclusion, and Inequity

AIP believes that the inclusion of diverse individuals within the physical sciences community is vitally important to the health and well-being of the scientific enterprise. Empirical evidence shows that diverse perspectives lead to better solutions to problems, better decision-making, and better outcomes.

AIP seeks to exemplify an institution that is committed to the inclusion of diverse perspectives. To do this, we pursue the principles of equity-mindedness, consciously focusing on achieving equitable and inclusive outcomes for our colleagues and the communities we serve through all of the Institute’s policies, programs, and actions.

AIP is also committed to establishing a workplace that serves as a model for collaboration, respect, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. AIP will ensure that these values are embodied in our organizational policies for convening, volunteer recruitment and service, organizational practices, and workplace climate.

Because of this commitment, we will cultivate and ensure a workplace free of harassment and discrimination. AIP’s policies establish guidelines to prevent all types of harassment and discrimination, workplace bullying, and retaliation related to reporting of such behaviors. AIP is committed to providing equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, pregnancy (including childbirth or related conditions), citizenship, familial status, mental or physical ability status, veteran status, genetic information, other non-disqualifying disabilities, and any other characteristic protected by law.

AIP affirms that it is a responsibility of leaders in science to stand firmly against harassment, exclusion, bullying, and inequity. It is our responsibility to unequivocally call out these behaviors as ethically wrong and damaging both to those affected and to the scientific community, squandering precious talent.

AIP believes that the inclusion of diverse individuals within our community requires that the whole physical sciences enterprise be committed to confronting, preventing, and responding decisively to harassment, exclusion, bullying, and inequity in every physical science workplace and learning environment. Exclusionary behaviors such as harassment and bullying impose a particularly heavy burden on women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people of color and other underrepresented and minoritized communities.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the health of the physical sciences community, AIP will be mindful of diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging in all its practices. AIP further commits to join the efforts of those in the physical science community who are working toward the elimination of harassment, bullying, and all forms of exclusionary behaviors in the workplace, in the laboratory, in scholarly publishing, and in the classroom.

AIP Board of Directors Approved, March 2022