Society Letters

Multisociety Letter to OMB on Diversity Training Changes

October 07, 2020

To: Mr. Russel Vought, Director, Office of Management and Budget

"Federal employees, contractors and recipients of federal grants are at the core of the U.S. research and development (R&D) ecosystem, and they play a crucial role in creating a diverse scientific workforce. While there has been progress, the participation of women and racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. scientific and technical workforce does not reflect the diversity of our population. Their underrepresentation negatively impacts the U.S. R&D enterprise by depriving it of diverse perspectives that are shown to boost innovation and productivity. In many scientific fields, this lack of diversity cannot be solely attributed to inequities in education or the workforce pipeline – the scientific, technical, engineering and math (STEM) community must also confront systemic discrimination and racism. For example, it has been shown that, historically, the percentage of federal grants awarded to minority scientists has been lower than their white peers largely due to underlying biases."

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