Membership, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Volunteer for the Membership, Diversity and Inclusion Committee!

Inclusion is one of the core values of our organization, and as part of our Strategic Plan, the APA has committed to increasing member diversity and engagement. To ensure that we can reach and sustain this goal, the APA is launching the Membership, Diversity and Inclusion (MDI) Executive Committee. Our committee charge is to develop, identify, recommend, and plan opportunities to increase membership, diversity, and inclusion throughout the organization.

For years, the APA has committed to efforts focused on increasing the diversity of future academic pediatricians. The New Century Scholars Program (NCS) is one of the only national programs in academic pediatrics aimed at increasing the racial/ethnic diversity of the academic pediatric workforce by providing a national and formalized mentorship program for underrepresented minority (URM) pediatric residents. NCS addresses the pipeline problem for racial/ethnic diversity in academic pediatric faculty by supporting diversity early in the queue. But what about the folks already queued up? What can we do to ensure that URM faculty in academic pediatrics thrive in their careers despite both the inequities for URM faculty that we know exist in academic pediatrics, as well as the inequities that we don't know about? These are questions we will ask the MDI Executive Committee to tackle.

Diversity in our educational backgrounds and academic pursuits are also mission-critical for the APA. Outreach and inclusion of hospitalists has been a key focus for the APA—from our Hospital Medicine SIG to the Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting. A new SIG, Interdisciplinary Pediatric Researchers, has just launched to support pediatric researchers who are not necessarily medically trained or engaged in medical practice, but have found the APA to be among their most important professional homes. The MDI Executive Committee will also focus on how the APA can enhance the diversity of membership in terms of member academic and educational background, and how we can ensure that members at every stage of their career can participate in APA activities that keep them involved, engaged, and maximize the benefit they receive from their APA membership.

The MDI Executive Committee will focus on what we are passionate about doing in the APA; some examples of what we might work on include:

  • Developing new APA activities to support mid-career members from underrepresented groups in academic medicine.
  • Create new organizational partnerships to enhance diversity of APA members across race/ethnicity, academic focus, and professional training.
  • Design organization-wide goals to ensure that diversity and inclusion remain key priorities across all APA programming.

The MDI Executive Committee will meet monthly. To join the MDI Executive Committee, please COMPLETE THIS FORM by September 30, 2017.



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