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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Statement

The New York Academy of Sciences was founded in 1817 as a democratic and egalitarian science organization. These principles have guided the institution since its inception and served as its beacon for over 200 years. Throughout its history, the Academy has taken decisive steps to broaden its reach so as to include as many people as possible with an interest in science.

Today, the Academy is a global organization, with members in over one hundred countries, that embraces and seeks to uplift scientists from all walks of life. We believe in the inherent value of all people, of all identities, and their capacity to contribute meaningfully to scientific discourse and achievement. Indeed, our mission — to drive innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education, and policy — is strengthened when diverse perspectives are recognized and affirmed.

At the same time, we are focused on the continued role of structural racism, ethnic discrimination, and other forms of oppression — including those based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical ability, and age, among others — in perpetuating disparities in the sciences and affiliated fields. Within our organization, we strive to address these disparities by:

  • Seeking diverse representation among our staff, leadership, and board members;
  • Supporting scientists, academics, and STEM professionals of diverse backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, by actively recruiting and providing resources to enable them to participate in the Academy’s scientific and educational programming.

We recognize that there remains much to learn and do, and are dedicated to establishing an ever-more inclusive community. The Academy believes true global innovation cannot be fully realized or maximized without embracing all voices and perspectives. As the Academy looks eagerly toward its third century, we reaffirm our commitment to helping lay strong foundations for a more inclusive, diverse scientific community. We are committed to listening, learning, and striving to do better each and every day.