Commit to Change

Resources to aid all of us in the fight to dismantle systemic racism. We encourage you to explore further and come back frequently for additional information, actions. We are all committed to change.

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Take time to invest in your own education, learn more and network with other scientists committed to change.

  • National Society for Black Physicists – nonprofit with the mission to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and within society at large.
  • National Society of Black Engineers – nonprofit organization founded "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."
  • American Institute of Physics (AIP) – a federation of societies working to support the physical sciences and their TEAM-UP Task Force created to elevate African American representation in undergraduate physics and astronomy.  
  • Particles for Justice, their call for the physics community to “commit to taking actions that will change the material circumstances of how Black lives are lived -- to work toward ending the white supremacy that not only snuffs out Black physicist dreams but destroys whole Black lives” and their list of resources.
  • 500 Women Scientists – an organization with the goal of making science open, inclusive and accessible and their list of resources for #BlackLivesMatter
  • Follow  Black and STEM to find and follow Black scientists by discipline.
  • Learn more about OSA's Core Values and Code of Conduct. You can also learn about the OSA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Rapid Action Committee, an effort currently underway to develop a set of recommendations to support and increase the presence of black scientists and engineers within OSA and the broader optics and photonics community.  

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Real change does not come from statements or protests alone and will require actions by each an every person. 

  • #ShutDownSTEM – an initiative from a multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals and academics taking action for Black lives.
  • Black Lives Matter – a global organization whose mission is “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes” and offers resources and toolkits for action.
  • Understand your own implicit bias – take the Project Implicit test and learn more about unintended attitudes or stereotypes that affect your actions and decisions and how you can learn our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. 
  • Get Involved with OSA – help your society maintain the momentum and create real change for our community. Start by helping to raise the visibility of Black scientists by recognizing a mentor who has made an impact in your carreer and post a tribute; learning how to  become a Wikipedia editor and focus your efforts on editing and adding new pages featuring Black scientists; submit a nomination or application for the OSA Diversity & Inclusion Recognition.


It is important to have resources that allow you and your community to prioritize healing.