Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the melanoma research community.

GM Alicea, J McQuade, A Weeraratna, J Villanueva, Rebecca Lee

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The inaugural Diversity and Inclusion in Science Session was held during the 2021 Society for Melanoma Research (SMR) congress. The goal of the session was to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion in the melanoma research community and strategies to promote the advancement of underrepresented melanoma researchers. An international survey was conducted to assess the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) climate among researchers and clinicians within the Society for Melanoma Research (SMR). The findings suggest there are feelings and experiences of inequity, bias, and harassment within the melanoma community that correlate with one's gender, ethnic/racial group, and/or geographic location. Notably, significant reports of inequity in opportunity, discrimination, and sexual harassment demonstrate there is much work remaining to ensure all scientists in our community experience an academic workplace culture built on mutual respect, fair access, inclusion, and equitable opportunity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-447
Number of pages7
JournalPigment cell & melanoma research
Issue number5
Early online date24 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023


  • diversity
  • equity
  • inclusion
  • melanoma


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