The American Phytopathological Society’s (APS) governing Council approved on November 15, 2016 the following statement. The APS Committee for Diversity and Equality recommended an initial draft of this statement to Council for consideration.
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a professional organization dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge of plant pathology, the promotion of sustainable practices to improve plant health, and the professional development of its membership. APS values the diversity of its membership and believes that a diverse membership benefits our Society. Accordingly, APS welcomes the participation of individuals interested in plant pathology irrespective of age, appearance, citizenship, culture, gender identity, marital status, military service, physical ability, professional status, race, religion, or sexual orientation. APS actively promotes inclusion in all facets of the Society, including but not limited to membership, committees, leadership, operations, programming and staffing, and actively works toward recruitment and retention of diverse individuals to cultivate a scientific society of excellence built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance and respect.
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