American Society of Naturalists

A membership society whose goal is to advance and to diffuse knowledge of organic evolution and other broad biological principles so as to enhance the conceptual unification of the biological sciences.

ASN Diversity Committee Call for Members

Posted on by ASN Diversity Committee

The ASN Diversity Committee (DC) seeks to add 2-4 new members starting in January 2021. The DC works to promote diversity, equity, and inclusiveness to enhance the study of evolution, ecology, and behavior and to foster the career of its developing scientists. We pursue initiatives that support marginalized groups, which include helping to create an inclusive, accessible environment at the Evolution conference, the stand-alone ASN meeting, and our field in general. Members serve a 3-year term, and the committee typically meets about once a month.

Many of the DC’s initiatives are created and operated with the DCs of our sister societies: the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biologists. Past or ongoing efforts of the ASN DC include:

  • Data collection and analysis regarding the demographic composition of ASN
  • Creation of guidelines on best practices for awards procedures
  • Events at Society meetings including Story Collider and mixers to build community among LGBTQ+ biologists, biologists with disabilities, biologists of color, biologists at PUIs, and parents
  • Improving accessibility at Society meetings for scientists with disabilities, scientists of marginalized genders, and scientists who are nursing/caretaking
  • Creation of the joint society Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award to recognize individuals who have strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields

Applicants must be members of ASN (join or renew your membership here: https://amnat.org/membership/beamember.html) and have attended at least one Evolution conference or ASN stand-alone meeting in the past.
 
We welcome participation from members of the community from all backgrounds and all countries, across all career stages (including graduate students and postdocs), and in all career paths. Applicants should submit an application (https://forms.gle/b1btKm6EZWNr3sEZ9) by Wednesday 25 November 2020. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at ASNdiversity@gmail.com.

For more information about the Diversity Committee, see https://www.amnat.org/about/governance/Diversity.html