Message from the Leadership of the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry
Thursday, June 4, 2020
The events surrounding the death of George Floyd during a police encounter are deeply disturbing. For many of us, the circumstances of this tragedy have highlighted a larger pattern of ingrained societal inequities and challenged our sense of humanity and racial justice.
As scientists and educators, we dedicate our careers to recognizing challenges in the human experience and finding solutions. We recognize that bias, both unconscious and conscious, exists within all of us. At the extremes, such bias has terrible consequences for humanity, but even in an individual context this bias has substantial effects on our personal and professional lives.
Worldwide, there are important debates and discussions happening surrounding issues of racial injustice, social inequality, and bias. ISAC encourages its membership to participate in those discussions with an open mind and heart so that we can find new ways to achieve the ideals of diversity, inclusion, and fairness in every aspect of life. As a scientific society, ISAC also pledges to address issues of opportunity, diversity, and racial bias within our sphere, and to ensure that our work is informed by broader discussions in the public forum.
We pledge to hear the voices of the under-represented, and encourage their participation, with the goal of building truly inclusive programs within a diverse, international society. We understand that much work remains, but we pledge to bring our scientific ideals of careful, unbiased analysis to the table in our pursuit of knowledge, equality, opportunity, and justice.
Andrea Cossarizza, President
Jonni Moore, President-Elect
Paul K. Wallace, Past President
David Galbraith, Secretary
Jessica Perea Houston, Treasurer
Michelle Butler, Executive Director