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. 

INFORMS 2021 DEI Ambassadors Announced

Ambassadors Project Title
Sharon Arroyo and Katy Wrenn Spreading the Good News about Exciting Operations Research Careers to Middle and High School Students
Download the Program Overview ppt file
Margaret Brandeau A Continued Exploration of Editorial Board Diversity
Tinglong Dai and Chris Tang A Safe Platform for INFORMS Minority Groups
Trilce Encarnacion and Ruben Proaño MIF Undergraduate Students Day at the INFORMS Annual Meeting
MIF Undergraduate Students Workshop webpage
Karen Hicklin, Maria Mayorga, and Julie Ivy Sustaining An Empowered Community for Women of Color in OR/MS
Michael Johnson and Tayo Fabusuyi Building an Approach to DEI-Informed Research in O.R./Analytics
Kayse Lee Maass and Kezban Y. Sokat Creating an Accessible OR/MS Community for Disabled People
Maria Mayorga, Julie Ivy, and Illya Hicks “Now What?” - A Mid-Career Faculty Colloquium for Underrepresented Groups
Tyler Perini We're Here. Compiling the Stories of LGBTQ+ in the INFORMS Community
Alice Smith Stimulating Participation of Underrepresented Groups in INFORMS Editorial Boards
Richard Tapia, Juan Pablo Vielma, Paul Hand, and Leticia Velazquez Computational Thinking and Equity - An Online Tapia Camp for 7-12th Graders

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!