Advancing ACS' Core Value of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect

We believe in the strength of diversity in all its forms, because inclusion of and respect for diverse people, experiences, and ideas lead to superior solutions to world challenges and advances chemistry as a global, multidisciplinary science. 

To review ACS's full commitment, read the ACS Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect.


Resources and updates provided by the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR)

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect

**Adapted from definitions from the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice:


Diversity is the representation of varied identities and differences (race, religion, country or ethnic origin, country of residence, citizenship, language, political opinion, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, economic status, and educational attainment). ACS believes that an enduring commitment to diversity enables excellence, innovation, and transformative action by current and future generations of chemistry professionals.


Equity ensures fair processes and treatment, equality of opportunity and advancement, and impartiality in access to information and resources. Equity requires the identification and elimination of barriers that prevent full participation and success of marginalized and underrepresented groups. We believe this is only possible in an environment built on dignity, inclusivity, and true belonging. 


Builds a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people. Every person’s voice adds value, and ACS strives to create balance in the face of power differences. In addition, no one person can or should be called upon to represent an entire community.


Ensures that each person is treated with professionalism, integrity, and ethics underpinning all interpersonal interactions. 

Contact the ACS Office of DEIR