Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion update – March 2021

Message from the Chair

March 2021

DEIC Chair Sophie Paczesny
Dr. Paczesny

I am pleased to share with you the the accomplishments of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) since it was established in 2020. The ASCI bylaws state that the DEIC “ensures that the organization, its programs, and its mentoring mechanisms promote and recognize diversity, inclusion, and equity.” With these goals in mind, the Committee has developed two foundational documents.

The first intended to establish a common understanding of key terms. This Definitions document outlines the considerations underlying diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as presenting the term “underrepresented in medicine and science (UiMS)” in reference to populations that are underrepresented relative to their numbers in the general US population.

The second is a mechanism to collect detailed demographic information, which was initiated with the 2022 member nomination process and will be applied in all areas of the Society. We ask that members provide demographic details through their ASCI account. The data will allow us to determine the current makeup of the Society’s populations, areas needing attention, and changes over time. Information will be kept confidential, and data deidentified for any reporting.

I look forward to bringing you news of further steps the Committee and the ASCI undertake in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and invite you to return to this page for periodic updates and additional resources.

Sincerely, on behalf of the Committee,

Sophie Paczesny, MD, PhD
Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Past messages of note

  • June 2020 – From the ASCI President. In view of the events of 2020 that brought US systemic racism and inequality into sharp focus, President Lorraine Ware described in a message to the membership a plan to establish a Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee in the ASCI bylaws. The Committee’s would aim to ensure that all ASCI programs emphasize diversity, inclusion, and equity; establish mentoring opportunities for underrepresented physician-scientists; and consider how the ASCI can better recognize and promote health equity research.
  • August 2020 – JCI Viewpoint. The leadership of the Society, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and JCI Insight expanded on the Statement with a publication in the JCI, providing greater detail  – including planned evaluation of the current status of diversity, inclusion, and equity — as well as historical and present-day context for the ASCI and its publications.


ASCI pages and posts

Publications in the JCI Family of Journals

JCI Viewpoints
JCI Editorial
Presidential addresses
JCI Insight Perspectives