The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) has developed a Diversity and Inclusion Policy and three additional statements addressing inequalities and racism and due to the spread of COVID-19. The statements reflect the values of the child health professionals engaged with the Association and condemn xenophobia, racist acts and promote the inclusiveness of all ethnicities and races in the execution of COVID-19 research activities.
Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
The APA supports diversity and inclusion in the broadest sense, including race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, and other characteristics. Because the larger pediatric academic medicine community does not reflect the diversity of US and global pediatric health professionals or the children they serve, the APA recognizes its responsibility to create a diverse community of academic pediatric health professionals. By intentionally integrating diversity and inclusion tenets within its core values, the APA will lead the growth and development of all APA members, including those individuals historically underrepresented in pediatric academic medicine.
Statement on Xenophobia
Urges all members to actively respond to acts of racism, xenophobia, or other acts of discrimination.
Statement on COVID-19 Research
Urges members and all pediatricians to actively ensure that our academic research efforts promote a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
The Time for Action is Now
We can draft statements of solidarity, diversity, and inclusion, and stand strong in support of one another, but that is not enough. These statements become overwhelming and triggering over time when there are no changes. The time for action is now. The time has always been now, whether it is was 400 years ago, 160 years ago, 53 years ago, 4 years ago, or last week. Let us take the time to recognize the terror our Black and African American community must endure daily and encourage ourselves and others to increase our understanding and awareness so that we can collectively make a difference.