An essential part of ASM's mission is to embrace diversity in the STEM community. Being inclusive enhances innovation, broadens the health research agenda and furthers scientific advancement. ASM is committed to promoting and advancing the microbial sciences through the elevation, embodiment and sustainability of inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability (IDEAA).
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 careers.
ASM’s guiding principles provide unwavering guidance for equity and inclusion efforts and serve to communicate core values:
ASM's IDEAA Strategy Roadmap
Over the last year the interim IDEAA Committee members have identified a list of key priorities that will be used to guide ASM's DEI strategy in 2022 and beyond.
- From Classrooms to Labs: Social Equity in Microbiology
- Inclusive Approaches to Mentoring Historically Underrepresented Groups
- Your Identity is an Asset: Spotlight on Dr. Jeffrey Maloy
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.
Spotlight profile articles highlight the work and experiences of microbiologists from a diversity of backgrounds and identities in science.
When Dr. Jyothi Rengarajan speaks with students pursuing careers in STEM, she advises them to “stay as bold and ambitious as possible.” Read more about her guidance for early-career scientists and her microbiology journey.
Additional DEI/IDEAA Activities
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. Explore the other activities that ASM has implemented throughout the organization:
New and Notable in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Explore the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) New and Notable Collection—a list of popular, editor-selected articles addressing diversity and inclusion in microbial science and science education, as well as articles highlighting neglected diseases affecting underrepresented populations. Explore the collection.