Diversity Committee


The SSE Diversity Committee will promote diversity and inclusiveness to enhance the field of evolutionary biology and foster the career of its developing scientists.


A diverse and inclusive SSE will foster innovation, creativity, and inclusion at all professional levels.


Evolutionary biology as a discipline studies diversity. The SSE Diversity Committee’s goals are: 1) to celebrate and foster the inclusion of all social, racial, and economic groups in the Society and 2) to promote the advancement of the study of evolutionary biology among underrepresented groups by fostering the recruitment and retention of individuals of all identity groups. Our guiding principles are:

Inclusiveness: Improving the inclusion of underrepresented minority scientists in the field of evolutionary biology.

Retention: Devising and implementing strategies for the retention of underrepresented scientists.

Mentorship: Showing by example by pairing early-career scholars with mid-career and advanced career scientists.

Professional development: Supporting scientific and policy leaders through educational opportunities.

Informed decision making: Using data collection initiatives related to diversity to guide decisions that directly or indirectly connect to our values and guiding principles.

Diversity Statement

The Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) is dedicated to promoting a broader understanding of evolutionary biology and its related subfields. We encourage the professional development of our members and support increasing participation and access. At the scientific core of evolutionary biology is a value for and appreciation of biological diversity. Accordingly, we welcome, support, and celebrate the diversity of our members. We are sensitive to the ways that diversity changes and grows in modern society and acknowledge that diversity principles change through time. As a professional society we promote equity, inclusion, and diversity at all levels, and we encourage participation by individuals of all groups. We encourage an inclusive, supportive, and impartial workspace free from discrimination, bigotry, sexual harassment, or violence of any kind. Finally, we strive to facilitate the effective communication of evolutionary principles to the public to foster a broader understanding of evolutionary biology, biological diversity, and cultural inclusion.

Diversity Committee

Daniel Matute (Co-Chair)
Catherine Rushworth (Co-Chair)
Maurine Neiman
Kelly Dyer
Eve Humphrey
Brandon Ogbunugafor
Maria Orive
Mark Rausher
Irene Liao
Elizabeth Carlen

diversity [at] evolutionsociety.org

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