|Diversity Programs & Resources|
NPA Diversity Statement | Statement of Inclusion | Diversity Officer Role | Diversity Handbook | Diversity Fellowships | Recommended Strategies to Increase the Participation of Underrepresented Groups in STEM
The National Postdoctoral Association seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all persons in the membership, leadership and activities of the National Postdoctoral Association regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, country of origin, field of research, socio-economic status, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
The National Postdoctoral Association aims to advance the United States’ research enterprise by maximizing the effectiveness of the research community and enhancing the quality of the postdoctoral experience for all participants. A diverse postdoctoral community has positive effects on research and teaching and enhances the work environment by offering broadened perspectives and encouraging critical thinking. It is therefore a goal of the NPA to create an environment that promotes diversity and inclusiveness, and to create opportunities for all of its members to interact with tolerance, understanding, and respect for others.
The NPA is committed to serving the diverse needs of the entire postdoctoral community. This commitment includes all of the various research disciplines and categories of institutions that sponsor postdocs, such as universities, government, and industry. The NPA also is working to address the needs of underrepresented groups of postdocs including minorities, such as women, people of color and those with disabilities.
The NPA has developed a number of programs and services to address diversity issues, including:
To provide leadership on diversity issues, the NPA has appointed a Diversity Officer to bring together postdocs and their allies to develop new resources, track information, promote dialogue, and affect change. To learn more about the Diversity Officer, click here.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association of American Universities (AAU) released a "first-of-its-kind handbook" that "offers in-depth, cross-referenced legal resources to help promote effective diversity programs for science faculty and students."
This handbook, titled "Navigating a Complex Landscape to Foster Greater Faculty and Student Diversity in Higher Education," includes a list of the factors to consider when deciding whether to classify postdocs as employees, in relation to supporting diversity.
Follow this link to download the handbook. Be sure to read pp. 119-125 of the PDF.
Dr. Shirley Malcom, Director, AAAS Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR), and Dr. Daryl Chubin, Director, Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity at AAAS, each served as a co-project director and contributor for this handbook. They are longtime friends of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA).
The Diversity Fellowships list was compiled by the Diversity Officers of the NPA as a resource for underrepresented postdoc groups.
Many institutions understand the benefits of diversity and would like to enhance diversity among its students, faculty and staff, including postdocs. This has been easier to accomplish in certain fields, yet the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields lag behind. There have been some positive changes at the level of diversifying the students in the STEM fields, but this is not translating into diversification at the faculty level. The long-term goal is to increase the diversity of STEM faculty. In order to do that, steps need to be taken to ensure that a pipeline of individuals can progress through undergraduate programs into graduate programs through a postdoctoral position and into a tenured faculty position. In order to move qualified individuals through the pipeline these primary components are essential 1) recruitment 2) retention and 3) preparation for the next phase.
Continue here to read all of the Recommended Strategies to Increase the Participation of Underrepresented Groups in STEM.