Scientific societies fostering inclusivity through speaker diversity in annual meeting programming: A call to action

Verónica A. Segarra, Clara Primus, Graciela A. Unguez, Ashanti Edwards, Candice Etson, Sonia C. Flores, Catherine Fry, Ashley N. Guillory, Susan L. Ingram, Mark Lawson, Richard McGee, Stephanie Paxson, Laura Phelan, Kirsta Suggs, Leticia R. Vega, Elizabeth Vuong, J. Christopher Havran, Alfredo Leon, Michael D. Burton, J. Luis LujanMarina Ramirez-Alvarado

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Abstract

Scientific societies aiming to foster inclusion of scientists from underrepresented (UR) backgrounds among their membership often delegate primary responsibility for this goal to a diversity-focused committee. The National Science Foundation has funded the creation of the Alliance to Catalyze Change for Equity in STEM Success (ACCESS), a meta-organization bringing together representatives from several such STEM society committees to serve as a hub for a growing community of practice. Our goal is to coordinate efforts to advance inclusive practices by sharing experiences and making synergistic discoveries about what works. ACCESS has analyzed the approaches by which member societies have sought to ensure inclusivity through selection of annual meeting speakers. Here we discuss how inclusive speaker selection fosters better scientific environments for all and identify challenges and promising practices for societies striving to maximize inclusivity of speakers in their scientific programming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2495-2501
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular biology of the cell
Volume31
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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