The field of physics gains when we broaden participation to
recruit, retain, mentor, and advance people from
underrepresented groups. Women and underrepresented minorities
are the majority of the US population but a small fraction of
physicists. Broadening the talent pool in physics increases
the available talent. As the US population becomes more
diverse, physics departments must evolve to avoid the erosion
of societal interest and support. A more inclusive atmosphere
enhances the quality of life for everyone. Attention to these
concerns can greatly improve the vitality and success of a
physics department. This talk will discuss the successful
efforts made to improve both diversity and excellence at MIT.
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