Diversity StatementsThe ASM diversity statements provide unwavering guidance for equity and inclusion efforts and mandate leaders’ and members’ behavior and practice, ultimately positioning the microbial sciences as one of the most inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible and accountable fields in STEM.
- ASM exemplifies inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability (IDEAA) in the microbial sciences.
- In practice, ASM works to create a diverse community and a culture of inclusion where all staff, volunteers, members and the community are respected, treated fairly and provided opportunities to develop professionally and excel in their chosen career pathway.
ASM’s guiding principles provide unwavering guidance for equity and inclusion efforts and serve to communicate core values:
Guiding Principle Diversity Is an Asset
A diverse ASM enhances the microbial sciences, increases innovation, strengthens the community and sustains the profession.
Guiding Principle Diverse Leadership
ASM empowers individuals with diverse perspectives in decision-making processes.
Guiding Principle Transparency
ASM ensures equitable access and accountability through transparent procedures and communication.
Guiding Principle Community Building
ASM attracts, supports and develops the community, ensuring that all are empowered and engaged in the work of the organization.
Read ASM's DEI Taskforce Report
An essential part of ASM's mission is to embrace diversity in the STEM community. ASM’s Board is proud to share the findings of the ASM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Taskforce, which was formed at the request of ASM CEO Stefano Bertuzzi in June 2018 to assess the current landscape and make recommendations to build a culture of inclusion. The taskforce presented its findings at ASM’s December 2020 board meeting.Read the Report
What ASM Is Doing
While ASM looks to the future, we will also continue taking actions that reflect and advance our vision of a more diverse scientific association. The initiatives and programs below represent some of ASM’s recent activities.
ASM Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Our ASM community is linked by a science that, like the microbes we study, transcends borders. Our diverse membership includes scientists and researchers from across the globe and in a wide range of disciplines. From Sept. 15-Oct. 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month, we reiterate our commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization by celebrating the accomplishments of our members who identify as Hispanic and/or LatinX.
Hosting the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)The first ABRCMS hosted by ASM in 2001, was founded to encourage minority, first-generation, veteran and disabled students to pursue higher education in STEM. Today, ABRCMS is one of the largest professional conferences for underrepresented students.
Supporting the Black Microbiologists Association (BMA)ASM is a proud partner of the Black Microbiologists Association (BMA). BMA's mission is to support the collective work of pursuing equity in academia, industry, government and beyond through advocacy, professional development, science communication and outreach. Specifically, BMA will advocate on the behalf of Black microbiologists in all spheres of professional life.
Additional DEI/IDEAA Activities
- Open nominations for ASM Journals Editors-in-Chief positions.
- Inaugural DEI/IDEAA Town Hall at World Microbe Forum 2021.
- “Picture a Scientist” screening and panel discussion for ASM membership.
- Capitol Hill briefing entitled “Strengthening Career Pathways in Science for Underrepresented Groups."
- Incorporation of diversity, equity and inclusion into the American Academy of Microbiology criteria for election to fellowship.
- ASM Journals has created a pathway for authors to request name change updates to their published record that does not require evidence of legal name change or identification.