Supporting diverse representation of voices

ACerS commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity

The American Ceramic Society represents all people involved in the global ceramics and glass community. Our common enthusiasm for solving grand challenges with ceramic and glass materials binds us and leaves no room for artificial boundaries. Therefore, we must continually challenge ourselves to create an interpersonal culture of diversity in the Society and do our best to export it throughout our sphere of influence.

As part of those steps, ACerS created this webpage to highlight awards and initiatives specifically aimed at uplifting the work and voices of people from groups that have been underrepresented in ACerS relative to their participation in the Society.


ACerS encourages the nomination of diverse individuals for all of its awards. However, to uplift the work of researchers from groups who have been traditionally underrepresented relative to their participation in the Society, ACerS sponsors several awards aimed specifically at recognizing such individuals. See the full list of ACerS awards here.


ACerS encourages the participation of diverse individuals in all of its programs. However, to uplift the voice of researchers from groups who have been traditionally underrepresented relative to their participation in the Society, ACerS coordinates several programs aimed specifically at recognizing and supporting such individuals.

Upcoming DEI events

A list of upcoming events on diversity, equity, and inclusion. (Times given in Eastern)

How can academic culture change to combat sexual harassment?

  • Hosted by: Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Where: Virtual
  • When: April 20, 2023, 1–2 p.m.

Disrupting ableism and advancing STEM: A National Leadership Summit

  • Hosted by: National Academies
  • Where: Online and in person at the National Academies of Sciences’ Keck Center in Washington, D.C.
  • When: June 5, 2023, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Submit events

Do you know of upcoming diversity and inclusion events that would be of interest to the ceramics and glass community? Email Andrea Ross, ACerS director of meetings, membership, and marketing, at

ACerS statement on diversity and inclusion

The American Ceramic Society values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of ceramic science and engineering. ACerS strives to promote involvement and access to leadership opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, career path, or academic level.