The Society for Epidemiologic Research and the Future of Diversity and Inclusion in Epidemiology

Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Society for Epidemiologic Research

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"The mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee (D&I) in the Society for Epidemiologic Research is to foster the diversity of our membership and work towards the engagement of all members, from diverse backgrounds at all stages of their careers, in the Society's activities, with the intent of enhancing discovery in public health."As a foundational step in implementing our mission, the D&I Committee conducted a survey of SER membership. Here we report on the efforts we have undertaken to expand the diversity and inclusiveness of our Society and our aspirations for future efforts in support of D&I. Early on, we established the SERvisits program to conduct outreach to institutions and students that have historically been underrepresented at SER; we hope this program continues to grow in its reach and impact. We have also taken steps to increase the inclusiveness of SER activities, for example, by engaging members on issues of D&I through symposia and workshops at SER annual meetings and through social media. DeVilbiss et al. (Am J Epidemiol. 2020;189(10):998-1010) have demonstrated that there is substantial room for improvement with regards to diversity and inclusion within SER. We invite SER members to become involved and collaborate on this long-term goal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1049-1052
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020


  • diversity
  • epidemiology
  • inclusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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