Statement of Purpose
In recognition of the increased need for the autism field to incorporate global perspectives and issues of cultural diversity in scientific research on autism, the purpose of the INSAR Cultural Diversity Committee is to provide a forum for professional development, information sharing, and collaborative activities among researchers and clinicians interested in racial/ethnic/cultural/socioeconomic diversity in autism. To achieve this goal, activities of the INSAR Cultural Diversity Committee may include, but are not limited to: 1) increasing membership diversity for INSAR as a whole; 2) fostering scientific career development for those from groups who have historically been under-represented in the autism research community; 3) promoting cultural diversity issues as a regular part of the annual scientific program at IMFAR 4) promoting the inclusion and consideration of issues of diversity in scientific autism research; and 5) at annual IMFAR meetings, increasing comfort and feeling of belonging for people visiting from less-represented countries, especially those who are coming on the international stipends.
The members of this committee assist in organizing / leading all of the activities at the annual IMFAR and other activities throughout the year. In addition to Committee Members, we have many individuals with an interest in Cultural Diversity that support and participate in activities throughout the year. If you would like to be added to the Cultural Diversity Committee’s distribution list, please contact one of these co-chairs.
Interest in committee membership should be directed to the Committee Co-Chairs.