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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Access
As a public cultural institution dedicated to inquiry, exploration, and education, the Academy has a responsibility to critically assess how we benefit from and contribute to inequity. Beyond assessment, we need to act: By listening to, learning from, and lifting up the communities in our midst that suffer disproportionately from systemic racism, structural inequality, and environmental injustice, we can help everyone feel welcomed by science, not just an elite few.
We invite you to explore this page for updates on how the Academy is advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access at all levels of our organization, from our administrative offices and labs, to the museum floor, to research sites around the world.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) are more than just Academy core values—they're requirements for protecting and regenerating our planet. By ensuring that all people, especially Black, Indigenous, Mixed-race People of Color (BIMPOC), LGBTQ+, women, and people with disabilities, feel safe and welcome as staff, guests, and partners, we nurture the new ideas and fresh perspectives that will help us fight climate change, stop biodiversity loss, and inspire current and future scientists, activists, and educators.
Reflecting, assessing, listening
After police violence against African Americans and racist attacks on Asian American and Pacific Islanders roiled the nation in 2020 and 2021, the Academy invited Momentum Collaborative to assess our DEIA efforts by hosting a series of surveys, interviews, and workshops between January 2021 and April 2022. Often difficult, always illuminating, the conversations facilitated by Momentum brought our institutional blind spots to light and created a safe space for staff to air grievances, share stories, and find common ground.
Making science anti-racist
As a leading scientific institution, the Academy must cultivate an inclusive environment to conduct, share, and champion diversity in science for staff, visitors, and the global community. Read the statement drafted by scientists within our Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability (IBSS), along with updates on our progress toward making science equitable and actively anti-racist at the Academy—and within the scientific community—now and in the future.
One of the key outcomes of our work with Momentum Collaborative was committing to create new staff positions focused on advancing DEIA culture and creating a more diverse workforce at the Academy. We're thrilled to welcome our new Chief People and Culture Officer to the senior leadership team, and are currently in the process of hiring a Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access.