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•   Fifty-nine percent of the women of color responded regarding their terminal degrees: Of those responding, the majority holds doctorate degrees, while 7 percent hold bachelor’s degrees and 4 percent hold master’s degrees.

•   Eighty-eight percent of the women of color reported their title/position: Of those responding, the majority are postdoctoral researchers, while 5 percent are graduate students, and 13 percent hold other positions, including but not limited to president or CEO (1.4 percent of the women of color responding) or assistant dean, associate dean, director, or coordinator of postdoctoral affairs (3.5 percent of those responding).

•   All but two of the women of color responded regarding U.S. citizenship: Of those responding, 83% identified themselves as U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, while 15% identified themselves as “U.S. Temporary Visa (J1, H1-b, other)” and 2.5% as “Other.”

The NPA’s Efforts and Activities to Promote Diversity

One of the NPA’s strategic priorities is to facilitate diversity in the postdoc community. It is hoped that our efforts will foster the retention of women of color through the postdoctoral period of the career. The NPA is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization, and our activities are guided by our official Diversity Statement and Statement of Inclusion:

Diversity Statement

The National Postdoctoral Association seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all persons in the membership, leadership and activities of the National Postdoctoral Association regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, country of origin, field of research, socioeconomic status, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Statement of Inclusion

The National Postdoctoral Association aims to advance the United States’ research enterprise by maximizing the effectiveness of the research community and enhancing the quality of the postdoctoral experience for all participants. A diverse postdoctoral community has positive effects on research and teaching and enhances the work environment by offering broadened perspectives and encouraging critical thinking. It is therefore a goal of the NPA to create an environment that promotes diversity and inclusiveness, and to create opportunities for all of its members to interact with tolerance, understanding, and respect for others.

The NPA is committed to achieving diversity and inclusiveness among its constituency, and advocates equality for all postdocs, regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, country of origin, socio-economic status, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, in all disciplines at all organizations that train postdoctoral fellows. This commitment to diversity and inclusiveness extends to the practices and policies of the NPA, and the NPA strongly urges institutions to embrace this commitment as part of their individual missions.

The NPA strives to ensure that all members have open access and opportunities to contribute to the organization through leadership positions, involvement within the committee structure, and participation in annual meetings and other NPA sponsored events. The NPA promotes advocacy for increased diversity among postdoctoral scholars and fosters diversity through activities, policies, and practices that are attuned to this commitment.

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