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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our Approach

AAAS strives to be a boldly inclusive, mobilized, and global scientific community that ignites, enables, and celebrates scientific excellence and science-informed decisions and actions. Our plan to achieve this vision includes four strategic goals, one of which is to foster the diverse, open, and inclusive scientific enterprise that is essential for scientific excellence.

Because our global membership touches all scientific disciplines, our actions matter in ensuring that everyone can participate in and benefit from the scientific enterprise. Publishing in our journals, earning an award or fellowship, or serving on our governing bodies provides credibility and stature to accomplished members of our community.

To unlock the STEMM workforce’s full potential in the face of global challenges, we must assemble teams that can provide a diversity of thought, experience, and identity and strengthen the intrinsic link with scientific excellence. Doing so requires that we revisit the systems that underpin these fields. Deeply embedded challenges impact our ability to broaden the scope of who is participating and leading in science and engineering. Learn more about our efforts across the scientific ecosystem.

Learn More in the 2023 Inclusive Excellence Report


Since releasing our 2020 action plan to address systemic racism in the sciences, AAAS has released an annual DEI report to deliver updates on our commitment to sharing data on the career-enabling functions we help propel and our efforts to drive change within and beyond our organization.