DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE

Committee Update

Linda S. Aglio, MD, MS
Linda S. Aglio, MD, MS
M. Angèle Théard, MD
M. Angèle Théard, MD

Linda S. Aglio, MD, MS
Chair, SNACC Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

M. Angèle Théard, MD
Vice Chair, SNACC Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Thank you to all who participated in our Diversity and Inclusion Survey! We look forward to sharing with our SNACC membership the results of a survey on the experiences and viewpoints of our members in regards to diversity and inclusion. A thoughtful and enthusiastic group of Diversity and Inclusion Committee members from all over the world are beginning plans to recruit SNACC members to serve as mentors for our trainees and junior members, with attention paid to ensuring an even more diverse next generation of active SNACC members. We are utilizing electronic media (Twitter) in order to share informative literature and thoughts regarding diversity and inclusion. We also hope you will enjoy reading about our members in upcoming editions of our SNACC newsletter. The WINNER’s academy and programming at meetings rewards and highlights respectively the many achievements of women in SNACC. There are many more ideas to be shared among us all. Indeed, like all committees of SNACC, the success of these two initiatives requires support from all SNACC members. To be clear, Diversity and Inclusion is not a committee whose membership includes only URG’s and help with the future WINNER’s programming should not be relegated to women alone. Initiatives like these serve as learning opportunities for all members, who in turn become stewards of change at home in their respective institutions.

There is no question that with all of our respective responsibilities, time for accomplishing all that we at SNACC hope to realize is in short supply. Support from our membership for all of the committees is essential for our continued success and attractiveness to future members of SNACC. In regards to diversity and inclusion, allyship, the process of building relationships based on consistency and accountability is key and success in supporting continued growth in SNACC. It will require allies who are majority stake-holders with insider knowledge of the organization; who understand the cost of inequality; and who are committed to doing the right thing.  SNACC members interested in joining the Diversity and Inclusion Committee may contact us at laglio@bwh.harvard.edu or mat2315@comcast.net. We would love to hear from you!

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