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



Navigating a Complex Landscape to Foster Greater Faculty and Student Diversity in Higher Education


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association of American Universities (AAU) released a "first-of-its-kind handbook" that  "offers in-depth, cross-referenced legal resources to help promote effective diversity programs for science faculty and students."

This handbook, titled "Navigating a Complex Landscape to Foster Greater Faculty and Student Diversity in Higher Education," includes a list of the factors to consider when deciding whether to classify postdocs as employees, in relation to supporting diversity.

Follow this link to download the handbook. Be sure to read pp. 119-125 of the PDF.

Dr. Shirley Malcom, Director, AAAS Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR), and Dr. Daryl Chubin, Director, Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity at AAAS, each served as a co-project director and contributor for this handbook. They are longtime friends of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA).


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