Fostering equity in science

ACerS commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity

The American Ceramic Society represents all people involved in the ceramic and glass industry. 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 Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee developed this resource page to provide ACerS members and others in the materials science community a readily accessible list of recommendations for fostering diversity, inclusivity, and equity on an individual and organizational level.

Learning resources

Fostering community discussion

Discussing diversity, inclusion, and equity as a community is one of the first steps to making the materials science and engineering profession more welcoming and inclusive. That is why ACerS, the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST), and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) cohosted a town hall on these topics during Virtual MS&T20 on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

The D&I Subcommittee also launched a group within ACerS Member Community to further community discussion. ACerS members can take part in the discussion by joining the Diversity & Inclusion Member Community here.

Individual

There are many steps you can take on an individual level to foster diversity, inclusivity, and equity in the sciences. The resources below offer some recommendations to help you get started.

Organizational

There are many steps an organization can take to foster diversity, inclusivity, and equity in their workplace and larger community. The resources below offer some recommendations to help organizations get started.

ACerS Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee

In 2017, ACerS established the Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee under the Member Services Committee to develop short-term and long-term initiatives to attract and retain individuals from underrepresented groups into materials science and the Society, reduce unintentional bias, and ensure equal opportunities for all members.

D&I leadership

  • 2018–23: Ryan McCarty, Chair 2020–21 / University of California, Irvine
  • 2017–21: Keith Bowman, Past Chair / University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • 2017–21: Javier Garay / University of California, San Diego
  • 2017–21: Qiang Fu / Corning Incorporated
  • 2017–22: Sossina Haile / Northwestern University
  • 2018–23: Veena Tikare / Sandia National Laboratories
  • 2019–24: Ashley Hampton / RHI Magnesita
  • 2019–24: Thomas Reeve / Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • 2020–25: Margeaux Wallace / GE Research
  • 2020–22: Michael Walden, PCSA Rep / Colorado School of Mines
  • 2019–21: Victoria Christensen, PCSA Rep / University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2020–21: Sanjay Mathur, Liaison to the Board of Directors / University of Cologne
Contact

Do you have ideas for the D&I Subcommittee or wish to collaborate? Email Kevin Thompson, ACerS director of membership, at kthompson@ceramics.org.

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.