Posted on Dec 28, 2020
The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists acknowledges its past and present discriminatory behavior toward scientists of different genders and color, including Black, Latina, Latino, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous persons. Although individual members of ASIH have worked to increase diversity and inclusion, as a Society, we have failed to explicitly address our issues of sexism and racism to the detriment of all our scientists and professionals. For our actions and inactions, we apologize to our colleagues, particularly our colleagues of color and those harmed or discouraged from the fields of ichthyology and herpetology by our behaviors.
We can address some of these issues in the near term. Our journal will be renamed Ichthyology & Herpetology in 2021. We have pledged support for the Cashner Student Awards to provide funding and professional development to a diverse cohort of early-career scientists to attend the annual meeting. The ASIH Prior Past President will oversee the review process of the annual awards and work with the committees to ensure the candidates and awardees fully reflect the range of diversity and talent in our Society. We will develop a Code of Ethics that all Society members must agree to upon joining or renewing. Life members will be asked to agree to this Code of Ethics as well. All members will agree to the JMIH Code of Conduct, and all members who serve on a Society committee or the Board of Governors will be required to read and abide by our Constitution and the Bylaws. The ASIH Executive Committee and Board of Governors will work with our Committee for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging to prioritize and implement further actions, We will revise our governing policies to promote greater inclusion and diversity in our Society. As we more forward as a sSociety, we commit to being more inclusive and equitable.