In the wake of events earlier this year that illuminated the plight of Black Americans, ASTS in July announced its Boldly Against Racism (BAR) campaign. The BAR campaign is a coordinated effort to directly address racism and promote permanent and positive change in diversity and inclusion. The intention is to continue to cultivate and maintain an environment that welcomes and fosters diverse persons, call out racism, and set ambitious and collaborative objectives. We are all witnesses to the devastating health effects of historical and current acts of racism and oppression for people of color, particularly Black individuals. Thus, the leadership and members of ASTS are committed to eradicating all forms of racism.
Click here to read about the BAR campaign's action plan.
A Message From ASTS President Marwan Abouljoud
"[The BAR campaign] will detail a bold action plan, with input from stakeholders and tactics and measures that will ensure our diversity and inclusion efforts are embedded in our fabric and are linked to outcomes. I would be remiss not to mention the amazing work being done by the ASTS Diversity Issues Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Jayme Locke, which has worked diligently to expand the Society’s diversity efforts and create more opportunities for minorities in transplantation. This year, ASTS created a diversity scholarship for a minority ASTS member to attend the LDN/DCD workshops. The Society also partnered with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to fund an opportunity for an ASTS member to participate in the university’s Health Disparities Research Education Program (HDREP). At the 2020 Winter Symposium, a panel of speakers led an engaging education session on diversity and inclusion. The Diversity Issues Committee also gave presentations at the 2019 Fellows Symposium and the 2019 Program Directors Meeting. We are all ASTS Proud for the work we have all done, but we need to do more and hold ourselves accountable for the desired outcomes.
The ASTS Executive Committee is actively working to come up with initiatives to bring awareness to racial health disparities in transplantation and to increase diversity and inclusion within both the Society and the field of transplantation. The Society’s goals include expanding leadership and grant opportunities for minority transplant professionals, analyzing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on racial health disparities in transplantation, and fostering professional relationships between ASTS minority members and ASTS leadership. Your input is always welcome and encouraged on this matter."
Read Dr. Abouljoud's full message announcing the campaign here.
BAR Task Force
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advisor
Michael J. Englesbe