Committee on Minority Affairs
What We Do
The Committee on Minority Affairs strives to:
- Promote the recognition of the professional accomplishments of minorities
- Attract students from underrepresented or marginalized groups to the profession
- Identify inclusive educational institutions and businesses
- Work for the increased participation of underrepresented and marginalized chemistry professionals in the Society at all levels
- Provide mentoring to underrepresented students
- Compile best practices for recruitment, retention, career development, and evaluation of programs for the advancement of underrepresented scientists
- And much much more!
Diversify chemistry through the transforming power of inclusion and equity.
Advance a broader, inclusive and equitable chemistry enterprise by empowering underrepresented groups, stakeholders, and marginalized peoples for the benefit of the world.
- Increase diversity awareness by providing professional development and recognition opportunities to underrepresented groups within the chemical sciences;
- Strengthen ACS programming to reflect a broader, inclusive and equitable chemistry enterprise; and
- Enhance shared expertise in effective diversity, equity, and inclusion content and act as a resource to stakeholders.
Who We Are
The CMA is composed of five subcommittees, and sets policies for programs and services initiated by the subcommittees.
Programs and Events
- Organize symposia at national and regional ACS meetings on relevant topics to the ACS stakeholders, including occasionally programming through other channels, such as webinars.
- Manage the CMA luncheon program.
Membership Engagement and Professional Development Subcommittee
- Manage new member on-boarding (provide orientation, propose the best fit within Committee).
- Partner with the ACS to research CMA constituencies to identify relevant future programs.
- Manage a professional development program for CMA members (Leadership courses, project management, mentoring, ACS knowledge, ACS Network, etc.).
- Manage external communication of the Committee, e.g., Diversity e-briefs, CMA website, social networking, communications to ACS governance, Diversity reception outreach.
- Manage internal communication to the Committee: CMA network, e-mails.
Awards & Recognition Subcommittee
- Administer the award programs of the CMA (ChemLuminary Awards, Stan Israel Regional Awards, CMA mini- grants, and future travel grants.
- Canvas the Committee for nominations of eminent minorities for ACS Fellows (occasionally) and ACS editorial positions.
- Recognize service to CMA committee for departing members.
ACS Scholars Subcommittee
- Provide oversight of the ACS Scholars program.
- Encourage ACS Scholars transition to ACS membership.
Visit Chemdiversity.org, a project of the CMA Communications Subcommittee, to:
- Find out more about CMA projects, programs, and symposia
- Meet accomplished chemists from marginalized and underrepresented groups featured in our outreach blog
- Learn more about Chemluminary Awards, diversity recognition awards, and CMA local initiatives
- Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the ACS Network
Send an email if you have questions or need more information about the Committee on Minority Affairs.