The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) recognises that people from marginalised groups continue to face barriers to entry and progression in STEM fields, including quantum, resulting in underrepresentation of these groups. We also acknowledge the long-standing and systemic inequities and injustices people from such groups face daily.
Everyone has a right to be treated fairly and to study and work in an environment free from discrimination and harassment. Unfortunately, many people from underrepresented groups continue to experience harassment and discrimination in the workplace, with certain groups experiencing much more exclusion than others. We recognise the role of intersectionality in the levels of inclusion and exclusion each person experiences.
EQUS is committed to improving equity, diversity and inclusion within our Centre, at our partner institutions and in the wider quantum physics community. Our goal is to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment which allows all our members to achieve success, and to feel respected and supported.
As a strategic priority, we have established a dedicated committee—the EQUIP (equity in quantum physics) committee—to drive initiatives towards achieving EQUS’ equity, diversity and inclusion goals. The EQUIP committee works across all our nodes, providing resources and activities to educate and support our members.
Our initiatives include:
If there are any issues you'd like to raise or actions you'd like to see taken by EQUS, or if you'd like to join the EQUIP committee, please contact us.
In addition to the support and resources available at EQUS, you can find support at your node. We've also compiled some resources relating to anti-discrimination and allyship.
The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present.