Check out the first video in our SCAS Spotlight Virtual Speaker Series. Our first speaker was Dr. Shana Goffredi who serves on the SCAS Board and is a professor at Occidental College studying symbiotic relationships between bacteria and deep-sea animals.
The Southern California Academy of Sciences stands in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. We affirm our commitment to encouraging and providing a space for diverse voices in science. The Board of Directors is saddened and outraged by the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others before them (Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and so many others). We also recognize that the systemic racism in our institutions and systems have silenced Black voices and committed atrocities against Black people for centuries. We will no longer be part of the silence, and we speak out today in our support for Black lives and our confirmed advocacy to encourage and promote diverse perspectives in science.
The sciences have a sordid past of lying to, manipulating, and profiting off of Black people. The sciences also have a long history of excluding Black and Brown people from researching, learning, and participating in science. Many of these prejudicial practices actively continue today.
It is past time to end the systemic injustices and racial profiling of Black people. SCAS is committed to increasing diversity in science and on the Board of Directors. To actively commit to anti-racism the Board of Directors will seek ways to promote diversity in science and provide more powerful opportunities for the advancement of Black students. The Board will add the following item on its agenda for every meeting: “How are we promoting diverse voices in science?” As part of that agenda item, the board will educate ourselves on diversity and inequity in the sciences. We will invite minoritized graduate students and postdocs to board meetings ahead of the annual meeting so we can be sure that our annual meetings are serving them. The Board will develop and create a scholarship for minoritized students. We will improve our outreach in our programs and publications to further push the sciences to diversify and amplify the voices of minoritized people. It is time for real change.
SCAS Board of Directors
The Southern California Academy of Sciences is dedicated to promoting fellowship among scientists and those individuals interested in science; to contributing to scientific literature through publication of pertinent manuscripts; to fostering scholarship among young scientists; and to providing information to the membership, to the public, and to public agencies on matters of mutual interest and concern to the sciences and society.
These goals are approached annually by: