Virtual Town Hall on Supporting Black Members of the Community

Event Date: 

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
The faculty of the UCSB Physics Department invite you to join us in a Town Hall meeting to be held via zoom this coming Monday, June 29, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm  


This meeting, as requested in a letter to the faculty that was signed by over 100 department members, will focus on the issues that have led to racial disparity within the department and university and on improvements we can make together.   We ask the participants to consider the issues and what we can do before the meeting. We look forward to hearing your ideas.



Town Hall Details

The Town Hall will take place at the Zoom link below. Participation is limited to members of the UCSB community, a UCSB NetID is required to log into the Zoom:

Co-Discussion Leaders:

Professor Nathaniel Craig, Incoming Chair of the Climate Task Force

Professor Joe Hennawi, Current Chair of the Climate Task Force

Professor Omer Blaes

Professor Deborah Fygenson

Moderator: Professor David Berenstein, Vice-Chair of the Physics Department


Form for Anonymous Comment

If you would like to submit comments anonymously, please do so at

The form requires a UCSB email to ensure that only members of our community can fill it out, but the form itself does not record emails or identities. 


Ground Rules for the Meeting

We aim to hold the meeting in an Inclusive and Respectful Climate. In particular, please abide by the following rules:

Be Respectful. The Town Hall should be a place where we listen and converse with respect and empathy. Participants should be thoughtful and respectful when making comments.

Take Responsibility. A careful examination about racial injustice and taking meaningful actions against it are long overdue. It is especially important for non-POC community members to recognize this. The conversation may be difficult. We should all please bring an open mind, own our responsibilities, and strive our best to do better.

Please also see the APS Code of Conduct for Meetings