ASM Joins #ShutDownSTEM

June 9, 2020


It is clear we have to step up and do the work to eradicate anti-Black racism. As members of the global STEM community, ASM feels compelled to stop doing “business as usual.”

We must engage directly with eliminating racism.  #ShutDownSTEM is the time for White and non-Black People of Color to educate themselves and define a plan of action. June 10 marks the day that we transition into a lifelong commitment to eradicate anti-Black racism in STEM.

Help Us Do Better

ASM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force has asked ASM to visibly and outwardly commit to a practice of inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability. Findings of the task force will shape ASM’s core values and strategic planning in the near future. If you have an idea that can help shape a more diverse future at ASM, we welcome your input.

What Is ASM Doing?

ASM stands in solidarity with the Black community and in the fight against racism and injustice. On June 10, ASM’s major activities for both staff and leaders not directly fighting COVID-19 will be paused, to spend the day educating ourselves about systemic racism, listening to experiences of staff and members and collectively mapping our way forward. ASM is committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in our staff, volunteer leadership, membership and STEM worldwide.


White Fragility (DiAngelo)
Between The World and Me (Coates)
Just Mercy (Stevenson)
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Kendi)
How to Be an Anti-Racist (Kendi)
So You Want to Talk About Race (Oluo)
The Bluest Eye (Morrison)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Skloot)
The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies
Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Issues of Our Time) (Steele)


13th (Netflix)
When They See Us (Netflix)
The Hate You Give (20th Century Studios)
Dear White People (Netflix)
If Beale Street Could Talk (YouTube) (Prime Video)


The Disciplines Where No Black People Earn Ph.D.s
What is White Privilege Really?
Homework for Those Seeking to be Allies
Call It What It Is: Anti-Blackness
Making the Ivory Tower More Inclusive
Can Biology Class Reduce Racism?
Black Scientists Held Back by Perceptions of Their Priorities
Diversity in Science: Where Are the Data?
A pediatrician who serves children of color discovered his implicit bias. Here’s what he’s doing about it.
mSphere of Influence: Hiring of Underrepresented Minority Assistant Professors in Medical School Basic Science Departments Has a Long Way To Go


Scene on Radio [Seeing White]
Bias and Perception
The Danger of a Single Story
So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo
Code Switch