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#BlackInPhysics Week 2022 essay series

24 October 2022

Essayists describe the paths through which they find joy and discuss the challenges that exist in the physics community to attain it.

Black In Physics’s third annual #BlackInPhysics Week is 24–28 October 2022. Though we constantly reimagine what it means to support an ever-growing, ever-changing community, Black In Physics retains the original aims for #BlackInPhysics Week: creating a more complete picture of what a physicist looks like, building lasting community for Black physicists at all career stages through culturally centered programming, amplifying the work of Black physicists, and commissioning articles written by Black physicists.

The theme of this year’s #BlackInPhysics Week is “Joy in the Diverse Black Community.” The organizers have arranged for experts to lead discussions on several avenues through which we may find joy: career navigation, entrepreneurship, book writing, and more. As always, the week’s social programming will include fun, interactive events in partnership with Black-owned business, such as a DJ night, a game night, and a mixer. We are also excited to have an interactive social event with Moiya McTier, who will discuss her exciting new book, The Milky Way, and share details of her journey as a science communicator. Like last year, Black In Physics is providing American Sign Language interpreters for the events.

#BlackInPhysics logo.
Credit: Black In Physics

Finally, we have commissioned a collection of articles written by Black physicists from North America, Europe, and Africa that cover joy from different perspectives. The essays are co-published by Physics Today and Physics World.

We appreciate the community of folks who are #BlackInPhysics and allies for supporting our journey as we grow from a grassroots movement to an organization that will continue to bolster Black physicists for years to come. For more information on Black In Physics, visit our website or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

— Charles D. Brown II, Yale University Department of Physics, codirector of Black In Physics

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