Diversity & Inclusion

Irene Kopaliani with the PICSciE/RC group.

Group photo of PICSciE/Research Computing staff in 2019.

Statement of Solidarity with Asian Communities

We, the members of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee with support from the leadership team of the Princeton Institute for Computational Science & Engineering and OIT Research Computing, extend our sympathy to colleagues and all individuals in our community who have experienced anti-Asian hatred or who are feeling targeted in light of the pandemic and recent shootings. 

We also stand in solidarity with campus leaders and the University’s statement against all forms of racism, discrimination, and violence. President Eisgruber’s recent statement is a source of strength as well as a strong message condemning acts of violence against the Asian,  Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. 

As staff members of Princeton University, we “share in the pursuit of making Princeton University a better place in the service of all humanity” as expressed by other departments and groups.

We encourage everyone to learn and take advantage of resources available including joining Employee Resource Groups which aims to “Create community for enhanced employee engagement and retention through networking, knowledge sharing, and increased cultural understanding and connection.” 

Combating systemic racism

Read the Letter from President Eisgruber on the University’s efforts to combat systemic racism.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Princeton Research Computing, a consortium of campus groups dedicated to providing computing resources led by Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE) and Office of Information Technology Research Computing  (OIT RC), provides a central hub on campus for computational and data science resources and support, including hardware, software, system administration, training and education, programming, and visualization.

We, the members of Research Computing, are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone from all backgrounds not limited to political views, religion, national or ethnic origin, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, research discipline, history of conviction or incarceration, socioeconomic status, and educational history. We strive to create an environment that makes interactions and collaborations enjoyable and fulfilling while eliminating discrimination, harassment, exploitation, and intimidation. 

We seek to promote awareness of perspectives that may have been previously inaccessible (or less prominent) to groups traditionally represented in scientific research environments. We affirm that promoting diversity must be consistent, ongoing, and is an active process that requires engagement. We believe that diversification requires cultural, experiential, and ideological representation as well as increasing the number of researchers and staff from underrepresented groups. We aim to foster an environment where all perspectives are valued because they serve to advance the Institute’s academic excellence and intellectual capacity, and will contribute to a more productive and respectful professional environment.

Policy on Professional Conduct

The following principles are designed to ensure that our work environment meets the highest standard of professionalism and is one in which all members feel welcome, valued, and respected.    

  • Respect, value, and support members of the organization and beyond
  • Be courteous in all your interactions
  • Respect the professional, physical, and personal boundaries of colleagues and everyone you interact with
  • Give colleagues a chance to voice their thoughts
  • Work to ensure that all colleagues have equal access to opportunities, including networking that happens in a social context
  • Ensure that, when offered, criticism is constructive and aims to create positive discussion
  • Avoid judging, discriminating, or making unwelcome jokes or disparaging remarks
  • Refrain from making remarks on sensitive subjects that might make colleagues with different backgrounds feel uncomfortable. 
  • Support those who report violations of departmental or university policy
  • Commit to openness in communicating and interacting with others 
  • Be receptive to discussions of ways to improve the work environment and work relationships
  • Challenge your own assumptions about people and the sources of those assumptions

Take Initiative & Action

  • Intervene or report to the D&I Committee or your supervisor when others are exhibiting conduct unbecoming of a community member.
  • Take it upon yourself to help eliminate particular challenges or barriers to success that colleagues may face as members of underrepresented groups such as advocating for a fair promotion process, provide access to mentoring and professional development to minorities.
  • Speak up when colleagues are disrespectful of a group or class of people (even when members of that group are not present). There may be situations when a more private conversation is warranted.
  • Seek opportunities for education/training on diversity, inclusivity, reporting, and bystander intervention techniques, and encourage others to do the same
  • Acquaint yourself with university policy as set forth in the Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities document (e.g., 1.2.2 Discrimination or Harassment Based on a Protected Characteristic).
  • Monthly meeting and open discussion with the D&I Committee and the entire group 
  • Align initiatives with Princeton University’s institutional D&I and anti-racism initiatives and programs


  • If you would like to provide feedback, suggestions or share experiences with the committee, please contact Floe Fusin-Wischusen, PICSciE Institute Manager or any member of the D&I Committee first by email or in person. 
  • Should you have issues, concerns, or complaints that you would like to report, it is encouraged to share your concerns with your supervisor first before escalating it to the D&I Committee and eventually to the University to the University (and for which you would like the University to take action), please report or email [email protected].
    Information for anyone who has experienced or witnessed identity-based bias, discrimination, or harassment can be found at Addressing Bias Discrimination Harassment  
  • Ombuds Office helps people address conflicts that can be expected in a changing community while upholding the values of respect, integrity, diversity and freedom from bias or harassment.. 

 Rules, Rights, and Responsibilities

A concise reference and guide for all members of the Princeton University community. Included here are brief statements of University policies most likely to be applicable to and of interest to all University constituencies.

    DEI Committee Members

    Ma. Florevel (Floe) Fusin-Wischusen, Institute Manager & Chair of the D&I Committee

    Maureen Carothers, Finance & Grants Administrator

    Ian Cosden, Director, Research Software Engineering for Computational & Data Science

    Rishi Joshi, Research Data Management and Storage Analyst

    HyoJoon Kim, Associate Research Scholar

    Irene Kopaliani, Cloud Architect

    Carolina Roe-Raymond, Visualization Analyst

    Andrea Rubinstein, Program Coordinator

    Rob Tuck, Associate Project Manager

    Committee Responsibilities

    • Responsible for formulating diversity statement for the department/group, policy on professional conduct, and resources;
    • Assessing and improving the working environment in the department;
    • Identify available training related to diversity and inclusion for the staff;
    • Creating an atmosphere where all members feel welcome and are able to realize their full potential; and
    • Solicit input from department members and examines practices adopted by other departments within Princeton, using this information to formulate recommendations to the department's leadership.