- The Washington Times - Friday, March 2, 2018

Wave mechanics, atomic structures, quantum mechanics and microaggressions —one of these things is not like the others.

And yet, a course required for physics and astronomy majors at Pomona College is covering, in addition to the staples of modern physics, “implicit bias, microaggressions and other similar topics,” according to an email obtained by the Claremont Independent.

The Foundations of Modern Physics class also includes a “Decolonizing Physics Project” that will “bring to light some of these issues to both the physics department and Pomona in general.”

The email was sent by a student in the class soliciting volunteers for her decolonizing project — a photo campaign highlighting “the experiences of persons of color and women in STEM” inspired by a similar project at Harvard University, #ITooAmHarvard.

The Independent said it “made numerous attempts through email, phone, and in-person communication to contact the Pomona physics department” over the course of “nearly two months.”

Although the physics department “ignored” those inquiries, the Independent said “multiple anonymous sources” confirmed the existence of the decolonization project.

The assignment comes as social justice issues have also been integrated into a statistics class at Pomona, a small liberal arts college in Claremont, California.

The main goal of Introduction to Statistics, according to a class syllabus obtained by the Independent, is to “enhance your analytical and statistical skills while exploring topics in social justice.”

The math course requires students to keep journals reflecting “on both the statistical and social justice topics” covered in class.


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