Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The American College of Toxicology welcomes and supports aspiring and established toxicology professionals from all backgrounds.

At ACT, we believe that cultivating strong connections among our members fosters scientific and professional development and enriches our community. ACT is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within our organization. We strive to empower individuals to actively engage, collaborate, and exchange ideas, and we embrace diversity in expression, perspective, and experience.

DEI in the Context of ACT

  • Diversity—the presence, recognition, and celebration of unique characteristics among ACT members, including, but not limited to, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, and political perspective.
  • Equity—the promotion of impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources in ACT institutions and systems.
  • Inclusion—an outcome in which our diverse members feel welcome.

Actions to Advance DEI within ACT

  • DEI is integrated within the ACT Strategic Plan to ensure DEI is central to the ongoing and future activities of the College.
  • The ACT DEI Working Group was formed in 2020 to examine the landscape of the College as it relates to DEI and to make recommendations to further such initiatives.
  • An external DEI expert reviewed College activities and reported findings to ACT leadership.

Future Actions to Further DEI Initiatives within ACT

  • ACT leadership will implement strategies for action based on the recommendations of the external DEI expert.
  • The College will remain committed to encouraging and providing diverse representation across ACT.
  • ACT will establish a mechanism for DEI accountability within the organization.