Sigma Xi Adopts Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resolution

November 16, 2020

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Amia’ Butler
Manager of Communications
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—The Sigma Xi Board of Directors and Assembly of Delegates have unanimously voted in favor of adopting a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion resolution at the Society’s 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting that took place November 5-8. 

The United State of America and numerous other countries around the world have taken steps toward embracing diversity. However, recent incidents provide further evidence that there are several additional steps, which must be taken to make equality a reality for many. Sigma Xi is committed to taking the active steps toward making this a reality. 

The resolutions states, “Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is committed to building an equitable and inclusive scientific and engineering community for all persons without regard to ethnicity, race, creed, cultural background, gender identity, national or native origin, physical ability, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation, and recognizes that all these vast diversities exist among, and benefit our membership”

“Sigma Xi's history of electing women and minorities dates back to the late 19th century, and like many scientific organizations, there is still more work to do in order to fulfill the vision of a truly equitable and inclusive membership experience,” said Executive Director Jamie Vernon. “This resolution emphasizes the Society’s commitment to building a more inclusive community, where scientists from all backgrounds can flourish."

Read the full resolution.

More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety