Ambassador Program

INFORMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ambassadors (DEI) Program

ambassador.pngThe INFORMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Ambassadors Program will bring together groups of academic and practitioner members, graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs, and staff who will individually and/or collectively work on initiatives to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive INFORMS community. The program is intended to provide a platform for our members to engage in DEI initiatives in a variety of areas including workplace practices, teaching, and research, and leverage our capacities as individuals (practitioners, researchers, educators, students, and staff) to contribute to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion among the broader INFORMS community. Up to 20 projects will be funded.

Help INFORMS spread the message of diversity, equity, and inclusion

The INFORMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Ambassadors Program provides a platform to unite groups of academic and practitioner members, graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs, and staff to work individually or collaborate on initiatives to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive INFORMS community. In support of this effort, the DEI committee is currently awarding small grants (up to $2,500) for work that helps support this effort. Guidelines to apply for a grant are as follows:

  • Any INFORMS member or staff can apply
  • Interested participants should submit an application by December 13, 2020 
  • Projects will run during 2021
  • Up to 15 projects will be funded
  • More details provided on the application site!

INFORMS 2020 DEI Ambassadors Announced

Ambassadors Project Title
César A. Uribe (MIT) INFORMS – en ESPAÑOL: Online Lecture Series
Julie Ivy (NCSU), Maria Mayorga (NCSU), and Karen Hicklin (UNC Chapel Hill) Building An Empowered Community for Women of Color in OR/MS
Alison Clement (University of Minnesota) and Dwaipayan Roy (University of Minnesota) LGBT community building
Pascal Van Hentenryck (Georgia Tech) Deploying the Seth Bonder Camp in Minority High Schools
Mark Velednitsky (Berkeley) Studying Academic Bullying
Aida Rahmattalabi (USC), Caroline Margaret Johnston (USC), and Phebe Vayanos (USC) Bringing STEM Education to Underserved Communities
Charles B. Pierre (Clark Atlanta University) Bringing Awareness about Analytics to African Americans at HBCUs
Margaret Brandeau (Stanford) An Exploration of Editorial Board Diversity
Theja Tulabandhula (UIC) Sparking Discussions


The Ambassadors will present the results of their work at the INFORMS Annual Meeting. Additionally, keep your eyes open for new DEI Community blog posts written by our Ambassadors as their projects progress.

Congratulations and Thank You to our Ambassadors!