These are the latest in a centuries-long history of assault on Black and Indigenous lives in the United States. Like you, we are appalled by the careless lack of humanity that precipitated the deaths of these individuals and countless others before them. We denounce the systemic racism that upholds power structures permitting this violence to continue with little consequence to its perpetrators. We stand with the peaceful protesters who are doing the hard work of demanding change in a system whose inertia prioritizes the interests of the white majority to the catastrophic detriment of people of color.
In a professional association such as INFORMS, some members might wonder why it is important to take such a stand at this time. After all, the mathematics of our discipline might feel, to some, as a respite from the chaos of the world around us. Our models and methods permit us to make sense of the world, guide decision-making, and enable control in spite of uncertainty.
However, our profession does not provide a refuge to all. Systemic barriers from cradle to grave result in a disproportionate lack of INFORMS members who are African American, Native American or Latinx. The composition of our membership reflects the historic tendency to restrict participation in the sciences to a privileged few. Within the organization, barriers to participation exist which inhibit inclusion and perpetuate inequities.
There is nobody who is exempt from the hard work of promoting justice in our profession and beyond. Don't let your perception of who you are deceive yourself into believing that you don't have a meaningful contribution to make. As operations researchers, our unique skill set and approach to problem-solving can make tremendous contributions to social justice.
Here are some actions INFORMS members can take:
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, and we know many of you are aware of additional research being conducted in our community, best practices for inclusive pedagogy, and additional resources that would be of value to INFORMS members. Please let us know of your ongoing research, pedagogical practices, and suggestions by completing this form.
Wishing you and your loved ones good health, justice, and peace,
The INFORMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and the leadership of the INFORMS Minority Issues Forum
 Podcast: Science is for Everyone. Until it's not: https://one.npr.org/?sharedMediaId=825409532:830288158
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