Equity, diversity and inclusion at EQUS

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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.

The EQUIP committee

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:

  • Deborah Jin fellowships
  • Primary carer support and re-entry awards
  • Sponsorship. EQUS accepts requests to sponsor events that are relevant and beneficial to our members.  We are particularly interested in sponsoring events or activities that promote diversity and inclusion in STEM.  Some recent and upcoming sponsorships include:
    • CLEO PR 2020: equity, diversity and inclusion workshop
    • Scholarships for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and a person identifying as LGBTQIA+ to attend Science and Technology Australia’s Science Meets Parliament event
    • IPSC2022 (postponed from 2020): equity, diversity and inclusion in semiconductor physics networking event
  • EQUS allies: EQUS members who have completed LGBTQIA+ ally training at their institution are indicated by a rainbow EQUS logo on their EQUS profiles
  • Inclusive meetings and events policy
  • Code of conduct

Contact us

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

Additional support

In addition to the support and resources available at EQUS, you can also find support at your node.

Major funding support

Australian Research Council

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.