A Culture of Inclusion
The need for equity and inclusiveness in health care and society has never been greater. MAPS is firmly committed to embracing and fostering the diversity of our members, staff, organization, profession, and, ultimately, the patient communities we all serve. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are active processes that require continuous commitment to promote healthy people, healthy communities, and the overall success of present and future generations.
We hold forth a vision of the Medical Affairs profession as one in which discrimination and conscious or unconscious bias is unwelcome and unacceptable. Efforts to support and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion must also address root causes of inequities, not just their manifestations. We must speak out and lead in order to ensure change.
MAPS believes that all who wish to be a part of the Medical Affairs community should have equal opportunity to pursue and attain success. We work towards a better future for all — not just through our medical and scientific expertise, but through how we inspire, engage, retain and advance future talent, and how we treat each other within and beyond the profession.
Solutions to today’s problems require both innovation and creativity. These are accelerated through diverse teams and and ways of thinking, by ensuring that all spaces are inclusive. MAPS is committed to nurturing an inclusive, respectful and welcoming environment where people of all backgrounds and identities are valued and respected and can achieve their full potential, regardless of:
(i) race, ethnicity, or national origin; (ii) religious or spiritual practice, or absence thereof; (iii) sex, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation; (iv) family or relationship structure; (v) any type of disability or perceived disability, past or present; (vi) age; and/or (vii) any ascribed status, visible or invisible.
We encourage inclusion and intentional representation of people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, not only because it is ethical, but because it enhances the innovation and creativity necessary to find solutions to current and future challenges. We aim to eliminate disparities pertaining to gender and underrepresented minorities, recognizing that specific strategies will be required for specific groups and that we will need to combat long-standing narratives . We expect all members of our community to support and celebrate equity, diversity and inclusion.
We aim to realize our values through or by:
- Fostering a culture of open-mindedness, compassion, and inclusiveness among individuals and groups.
- Actively building a community whose members have diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.
- Providing effective leadership in the development, coordination, implementation and assessment of a comprehensive array of programs and services to promote diversity and understanding of differences.
- Creating and maintaining opportunities for engagement, education, and discourse related to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Identifying and building awareness of competencies which are essential for creating environments enriched with diverse views and people.
- Providing educational opportunities toward the development of socially responsible leaders who are willing to engage in the discourse and decision-making that can lead to transformational change.
- Establishing and maintaining the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group to promote social justice and diversity in all Society activities.
- Working alongside the DEI Working Group to especially include greater diversity of speakers and experts at our events and in our communications, including racial and gender diversity, LGBTQIA+ representation, and people of different ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and other underrepresented identities in the Medical Affairs community. This will involve not only expanding our outreach strategy for speaker/expert opportunities, but addressing internal factors such as the topics we cover, access barriers, and making our environments, both digital and physical, welcoming to diverse perspectives from our under-represented colleagues across the globe.
- Reaching beyond the Society to establish beneficial relationships with individual and institutional partners who share mutual goals and interests.