Over the years I’ve found a number of useful resources. I’ll try to link to them here. This page is still very much a work in progress. Please feel free to point out errors and omissions by contacting me.
- lgbt+physicists OutList: LGBT+ physicists and allies can sign up so they can be a resource for their community.
- LGBT+ Inclusivity in Physics and Astronomy: A Best Practices Guide. This excellent guide provides a wealth of information on how to make workplaces, classrooms and conferences more welcoming to LBGT+ people.
- APS Female Friendly Physics Departments: basic facts about number of women faculty, students, family leave, etc.
- 500 Women Scientists and their Request a Woman Scientist list.
- APS Women Speakers List
- Particles for Justice
- Safe Zone Training (free, with an option to donate)
- Chronically Academic, a network of academics with disabilities and chronic conditions
- APS News: Biased language in recommendation letters and how to avoid accidentally using it
Academia isn’t always the best place for your mental health. Almost everyone I’ve talked to about this agrees, but you don’t have to take my word for it: there is a lot of evidence. Obviously we need to all take good care of our mental (and physical) health. In my experience taking the time to do so makes me more productive, not less.
Even doing that may not enough for you and you may find that you need professional help. If you need help with your mental health I cannot recommend more strongly that you seek it out. Mental illness is as serious as physical illness and in the most extreme cases it can be fatal. The good news is that help is available and mental illness is very treatable.
- Your campus mental health center. These are often free and usually provide a limited amount of short-term counseling and can refer you to an outside therapist.
- Internet counseling (such as BetterHelp): a great option that doesn’t require you to leave the house. This is especially good if you do not have good health insurance.
- Great article on setting goals and getting feedback from Nature: “Twenty things I wish I’d known when I started my PhD”
- Voice of Academia
- There is also a private slack group mental health issues in physics (with resources and emotional support) contact me if you would like an invitation. All are welcome!
We all have a legal obligation to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities according to the ADA, but we have a moral responsibility to go beyond that bare minimum to make everything as accessible as possible. I’m not an expert on web accessibility issues. Fortunately, my friend, Ben Robertson is. Some of his recommendations for testing your website for accessibility and some resources I’ve used for this site are below.
- 5 Website Accessibility Checkers
- How to run a quick accessibility audit
- Getting started with voiceover accessibility
- From a blind screen reader user: the most annoying website features
If you happen to spot any accessibility issues with my website please let me know and I’ll do my best to fix them.
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