Advancing ACS' Core Value of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & 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. 

DEIR Statement

ACS is actively committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and respectful community of chemistry professionals.

Read our updated statement on DEIR

ACS Volunteer and ACS National Meeting Code of Conduct

Review the ACS Volunteer and ACS National Meeting Code of Conduct and a brief summary to understand how the code of conduct ties in to ACS Core Values and Strategic Plan.

Resources to Support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Respect

Take a closer look at the array of resources to advance diversity, equity, inclusion & respect in the sciences. 

Creating Opportunities

True diversity and inclusion happens through action. ACS and its members prove their committment through a variety of initiatives that include educational programs, awards, and other activities.

Diversity Awards

Travel awards, scholarships, recognition awards and more for underreprented minorities can be found here.

ACS Scholars

Scholarships for underrepresented minority students who want to enter chemistry or chemistry-related fields.


The inside scoop on job opportunities and ACS' ongoing efforts to make the chemistry community inclusive and representative of all people.

Project SEED

A summer research program that opens new doors for economically disadvantaged high school students wishing to experience what it’s like to be a chemist.


Our Diverse Communities

Take a closer look at the array of opportunities ACS offers to represent diversity, equity, inclusion and respect in the sciences. Let's work together!

The State of Diversity in STEM

The ACS collects and distributes data about racial, ethnic, and gender disparities and works tirelessly to implement effective programs and initiatives to close these gaps in the classroom and in the chemistry-related workforce.

Women, Black, and Hispanic populations are underrepresented in science and engineering jobs

Percent share of selected groups in the US science and engineering labor force

Percent share of selected groups in the US science and engineering labor force. Chart shows women, Underrepresented minorities, Black and Hispanic categories.
Note: Underrepresented minorities includes individuals who are Black, Hispanic, American Indian, or Alaska Native. Slide last updated June 22, 2020
Sources: National Science Foundation
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Partner Organizations

ACS Partner Organizations are groups that collaborate with ACS in our mission to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the chemical enterprise. This is done through mutual promotion, high visibility at national conferences, and joint projects.