Committee on Diversity in Physics

(Prior to October 2013, this was the Committee on Minorities in Physics)

2016 Area Committee of the Year

Mission Statement

Statement on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (HTML / PDF)
Supporting and Enhancing Diversity and Inclusiveness in AAPT (PDF) -- Report accepted by the Board of Directors on February 18, 2017


2016 Annual Committee Report
2015 Annual Committee Report
2014 Annual Committee Report
2013 Annual Committee Report
2012 Annual Committee Report
2011 Annual Committee Report
2009 Annual Committee Report
2008 Annual Committee Report
2007 Annual Committee Report
2006 Annual Committee Report
2005 Annual Committee Report
2004 Annual Committee Report


Committee Members

Carolina Alvarado, Chair (2019)
California State University - Chico
101 Holt
Deparment of Science Education
Chico, CA United States 95929-0535
Phone: (530) 898-6724

David Marasco, Vice Chair (2019)
Foothill College
12345 S El Monte Rd
Los Altos, CA United States 94022
Phone: (650) 949-7492

Abigail R. Daane (2019)
3307 3rd Ave. West
Seattle, WA United States 98119
Phone: (510) 407-5239

Simone A. Hyater-Adams (2020)
University Of Colorado - Boulder
390 UCB
Boulder, CO United States 80305
Phone: (609) 560-8945

Kristin L. Kraemer (2020)
Kansas Wesleyan Univ
100 E Claflin Ave.
Salina, KS United States 67401
Phone: (785) 833-4466

Adebanjo Oriade (2021)
University of Delaware
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
Newark, DE United States 19716

Chandra Anne Turpen (2021)
University of Maryland - College Park
Physics Dept
College Park, MD United States 20742-2421
Phone: (303) 817-0250

Beth A. Cunningham, Ex Officio
American Association of Physics Teachers
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3310; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Rachel Sweeney, Staff Liaison
American Association of Physics Teachers
Office of the Executive Officer
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3304; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Past Chairs

Committee on Diversity in Physics

Daniel M. Smith, Jr. (2016)

Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer (2017)

Elizabeth Walker (2018)



  1. Seek more effective means of recruitment and retention of minority members of society in physics classes and physics related careers.
  2. Seek methods of aiding minority physicists to overcome barriers to career development.
  3. Communicate to the AAPT membership and to the community at large the findings of the committee, through approved AAPT channels.