EP3 Mission, Vision, and Values

The EP3 Initiative (comprising EP3 Leadership and the EP3 Editorial Board) has adopted the following Mission, Vision, and Values.

Mission of the EP3 Initiative

The EP3 Initiative develops and maintains a guide to effective practices for key aspects of operating a thriving undergraduate physics program. The Guide incorporates the results of research and community practice, and evolves through ongoing community evaluation and revision to ensure it continues to be a primary reference to support and inform the improvement of physics programs. The EP3 Initiative actively supports the use of the Guide to strengthen departments and programs.

Vision of the EP3 Initiative

The EP3 Initiative empowers physics departments to improve outcomes for the education of students and the overall experiences of all department members (including faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdocs) through the use of effective practices and the growth of departmental cultures that embrace continuous self-evaluation and improvement.

Values of the EP3 Initiative

The work of the EP3 Initiative

  • Values the experiences of all members of physics departments and the students they serve.
  • Incorporates principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the Initiative.
  • Recognizes all students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the public as valuable and capable, seeks to identify and build on their strengths, and does not characterize them in terms of their deficits.
  • Empowers physics departments to create vital and sustainable programs by embracing cultures of shared stewardship and continuous self-reflection, assessment, and improvement.
  • Recognizes that effective change must be tailored to the local context and environment of each department.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1738311, 1747563, and 1821372. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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