Uproar on Diversity Statements

The December issue of the AMS Notices includes an opinion piece by Abigail Thompson, a Vice President of the AMS. In it, the author compares required diversity statements for job applicants to the loyalty oaths that were required of faculty members in the past. This has sparked a significant uproar in the community. See, e.g., a post from QSIDE and a follow-up post. You can sign a letter to the AMS in support of diversity statements.

For perspective, the AMS does have an Interim Director for Diversity and Inclusion, but does not seem to have a standing committee charged with furthering the AMS’s goals for diversity and inclusion. “Currently, the AMS is working with a consultant to guide and extend our work to promote a mathematics community that is diverse, respectful, accessible, and inclusive.”

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