A guide to establishing, implementing, and optimizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) committees

Maigen Bethea, Sophielle Silvers, Latisha Franklin, Renã A.S. Robinson, Lillian J. Brady, Neng Vue, Heather K. Beasley, Annet Kirabo, Celestine N. Wanjalla, Haysetta D. Shuler, Antentor Hinton, Melanie R. McReynolds

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Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) efforts are increasingly recognized as critical for the success of academic institutions. These efforts are facilitated mainly through the formation of dedicated DEIA committees. DEIA committees enhance professional development and create a more inclusive environment, which benefits all members of the institution. Although leadership and faculty membership have recognized the importance and necessity of DEIA, the roles of DEIA committees may be more ambiguous. Although leadership and faculty may seek to support DEIA at their institutions, they may not always fully understand the necessity of these committees or how to successfully create a committee, foster and promote its success, and sustain its impact. Thus, here, we offer a background rationale and guide for strategically setting up DEIA committees for success and impact within an academic institution with applicability to scientific societies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H786-H796
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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