In support of #ShutDownSTEM, an initiative from a multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals and academics that is taking action for Black lives, ASPB suspended its operations on Wednesday, June 10. Our websites did not function or allow financial transactions, and our journals did not process manuscripts. The Society’s governance, journal editorial boards, and staff took this time to learn about and reflect upon our individual and collective roles and responsibilities in addressing systemic racism in STEM and to identify tangible and meaningful actions that we need to take.
As we wrote last week, silence suffocates us all, and so we also need to hear your voices. We invite your input below on how ASPB may effect positive change in its efforts to support equity, diversity, and inclusion in the plant sciences and to address systemic racism within our own community. If you prefer, you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.