The American Society of Primatologists (ASP) stands in support of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in their search for justice and affirms that Black Lives Matter. We condemn discrimination, harassment, acts of brutality, and violence against Black people, and by extension all communities of color. The ASP acknowledges that far too many Black people and other persons of color have been subjected to racism and police violence throughout their lives. We support all efforts to end racism and injustice through legal actions such as peaceful protest, policy change, and systemic reform.
The ASP is an inclusive society. We welcome anyone who has an interest in understanding primates to join our society, without consideration of race, skin color, nationality, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. We require our members to treat one another respectfully, as described in our Code of Conduct Policy in which we “prohibit any form of harassment, sexual or otherwise, toward any of our members regardless of age, ethnicity, race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, marital status, appearance, nationality, language, or any other reason.”
Recognizing that diverse and inclusive scientific communities are more productive, innovative, and impactful1, to date, the ASP has taken a number of steps to encourage and ensure diversity within our society. We provide free membership and access to the ASP’s journal, the American Journal of Primatology, to individuals from habitat countries. We support Latin American primatologists by dedicating one of our annual student travel awards for them. In addition, at the 2018 meeting in San Antonio, we held an inaugural symposium of conference presentations given in Spanish; we plan to make this a regular part of the ASP scientific program moving forward.
While we are proud of these steps, the ASP acknowledges that there is more work to be done. The ASP strives to cultivate an atmosphere supportive of each member, that welcomes all, and we will work to strengthen the voices of underrepresented communities in our society. These are the next steps we plan to take:
The ASP asks all of its members to challenge racism and move toward substantial structural changes where we live and work—the academic, industrial, social and scientific circles in which we operate must change. We can do this by:
The ASP is committed to being a part of this important movement and to make meaningful changes to combat racism and advance equity, inclusion, and diversity within primatology and science, more generally. In this process our members will be better served, and the science of primatology will be enhanced.
The Board of Directors, ASP
1Jimenez MF, Laverty TM, Bombaci SP, Wilkins K, Bennett DE, Pejchar L. Underrepresented faculty play a disproportionate role in advancing diversity and inclusion. Nat Ecol Evol. 2019;3(7):1030-1033. doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0911-5