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INFORMS values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the membership and profession it represents. To achieve this goal, INFORMS is committed to providing an environment that encourages and supports equal opportunity, free expression, freedom from discrimination, harassment and retaliation, full participation in all activities and leadership, and collaboration among people of different backgrounds.
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Towards an Inclusive INFORMS: Representation and Distinctive Support Needs of LGBTQIA+ Members
There are several challenges faced by LGBTQIA+1 individuals in academia that are different from those faced by other underrepresented groups. These include an increased likelihood of encountering negative events at academic conferences due to their gender identity or sexual orientation, experiencing adverse mental health issues due to being in uncomfortable work spaces, and managing unconscious bias from academic peers and superiors (Finlay-Jones et al. 2021).
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2021 Diversity Ambassadors Announced
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.
Read about the 2021 projects here.
STEM Outreach in a Virtual World
On college campuses, racial minorities receive 22% of bachelor and 9% of doctorate degrees . In the workforce, those who identify as Black and/or Hispanic account for 16% of the STEM field, while making up 27% of the U.S. population . With funding from the INFORMS DEI Ambassadors program, our team came together wanting to expose high school students from underrepresented backgrounds to the fields of operations research (OR) and artificial intelligence (AI).
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