Committee on Minority Affairs
The Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA) aims to lead change in institutional culture within the ACS and the chemical enterprise and achieve full participation and expression of intellectual and creative capacity of underrepresented minorities.
To increase the number & participation of racially & ethnically underrepresented scientists in the Society and its governance
ACS membership & governance will be representative of the racial & ethnic diversity in the general US population.
What does the CMA do?
- Promotes the recognition of the professional accomplishments of minorities
- Attracts minority students to the profession
- Identifies minority-friendly educational institutions and businesses
- Works for the increased participation of minority chemistry professionals in the Society at all levels
- Provides mentoring to minority students
- Compiles best practices for recruitment, retention, career development, and evaluation of programs for the advancement of minorities
Focus Areas for the CMA
CMA Local Initiatives
ACS local sections may serve as a valuable resource to assist in the effort to ensure the availability of a pool of talented chemists in the future, since it is at the local section level where underrepresented minority groups may be introduced to the ACS. For this reason, the Committee on Minority Affairs is offering a one-time mini-grant of up to $500 to local sections to support the implementation of programs that encourage the participation of underrepresented minority scientists. Apply here.
Starting a new local section CMA? Here is your starter kit to help you get started.
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Articles of Interest
Harvard Educational Review, Unraveling the Double Bind: Women of Color in STEM