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Minority Affairs Committee

COMMITTEE ROLE A standing committee of the AAI, the Minority Affairs Committee is responsible for generating and developing programs that assure equal treatment of all professional immunologists on the basis of merit. The nine committee members are appointed by the AAI Council for three-year terms.

COMMITTEE MISSION & ACTIVITIES The mission of the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) is to generate and promote programs that assure equal treatment of all professional immunologists on the basis of merit. The MAC focuses on activities that advance the scientific development and career opportunities for minority scientists, in order to make them "full-fledged" members of the scientific community. Minority scientists are as defined by the National Institute of Health guidelines to represent individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research nationally. These groups include African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders.

To help advance its mission, the MAC maintains a List of Minority Members, comprised of AAI members in good standing who are underrepresented minority scientists, from established investigators to trainees. In addition to fostering a networking and mentoring community, the list serves as a resource for immunologists and scientists in other disciplines when considering individuals for selection as speakers at meetings or seminar series, to participate in review panels, to serve on editorial boards, and to participate in other professional activities. Inclusion on the list is voluntary. Given the importance of successful role models and networking in attracting and sustaining minority participation in immunology, the MAC invites all eligible AAI members to consider adding their name to the list.

To enhance participation at the AAI meeting and courses on the part of scientists/trainees underrepresented in science, travel awards are funded by a grant to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).1 Other MAC annual meeting activities include the AAI Vanguard Lecture (known prior to 2015 as the AAI Minority Affairs Committee Guest Lecture) and the AAI MAC Careers and Networking Roundtable program.

Considering that the issue of minority representation in science is of pressing nature, cutting across all disciplines, the MAC is dedicated to liaising with other societies within the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) to develop programs aimed at ameliorating the dire condition of representation of minority scientists in biomedical sciences. The MAC sets up subcommittees as needed to develop goals and to select potential minority guest speakers at AAI meetings.

View the current Committee Roster.

1 The DREAM (Diversity Resources for Enrichment, Access, and Mentoring) Mentored Poster/Platform Presenter Travel Awards are funded by a grant to the FASEB MARC Program from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.


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