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ACS Promoting DEI & Anti-Racism Retreat

ACS Members: View Select Proceedings from the Promoting DEI & Anti-Racism: Professional Surgical Society Retreat

Leaders from surgical organizations came together to attend the virtual Promoting DEI & Anti-Racism: Professional Surgical Society Retreat June 23, 2021. This retreat convened the House of Surgery and included an address from Prof. Ibram X. Kendi and a discussion with Prof. Wayne A. I. Frederick, MD, MBA, FACS, President, Howard University. Following the address, attendees transitioned to breakout sessions designed to discuss DEI and anti-racism initiatives across all organizations, share best practices, and determine initiatives that can have the greatest impact.

In all, 54 organizations, 13 Advisory Council Chairs, and 17 surgical board leaders, Regents, Officers, and ACS executive leadership staff participated in the retreat.

ACS Members can view select videos from the conference, including Professor Kendi’s Keynote Address, on the ACS website (member login required).

The videos are as follows:

  • Opening Remarks and Goals of the Day
  • Keynote Address and Discussion (Note: Professor Kendi’s Keynote Address will only be available to view until July 9)
  • Survey of Surgical Organizations and Workgroup Report-Outs

The ACS thanks all members, participants, and organizations involved in this important and timely event.

Interested in more? Hear from some Retreat participants in this week's Surgeons Voices interview with Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Vice-Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents, and Director, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL.

ACS Board of Regents Taskforce on Racial Issues Announces Innovative Grant for DEI and Anti-Racism Initiatives

At the Retreat, the ACS Board of Regents Taskforce on Racial Issues was pleased to announce a matching grant program focused on funding innovative and impactful research projects and programs dealing with diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism issues. The ACS intends to catalyze efforts of professional societies, academic departments of surgery, and surgeons in all surgical specialties, toward the goal of advancing anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, and gender equity in the field of surgery.

The ACS Taskforce on Racial Issues is soliciting innovative proposals and programs that will improve the diversity and gender balance of our surgical workforce and its cultural competency, will enrich the pipeline of underrepresented in medicine (URiM) surgeons, and will reduce the disparities in the delivery of health care, particularly in the equitable management of surgery-related diseases. The ACS Taskforce on Racial Issues encourages the submission of innovative anti-racism DEI programs that can be used as templates for wide dissemination throughout the College's network.

Grant details

This request for application is open to all surgical professional societies, departments of surgery, or group practices. The ACS Taskforce on Racial Issues will award eight grants—four $25,000 grants and four $50,000 grants—for one year, with an identical amount matched by the society, department, or practice (entity).

Any Fellow in good standing with the ACS may apply as the principal investigator or project lead on the grant application.

Applications are due by September 1, 2021. Visit the ACS website for application information and to apply.