Cultural Diversity Committee
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The Cultural Diversity Committee worked with the INSAR Board in preparing the June 26, 2020 INSAR Statement on Discrimination and the Black Lives Matter Movement. View statements HERE.

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 International Society for Autism Research (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 the International Meeting for Autism Research (INSAR)
  4. Promoting the inclusion and consideration of issues of diversity in scientific autism research
  5. At annual INSAR meetings, increasing comfort and feeling of belonging for people visiting from less-represented countries, especially those who are coming on the international stipends.


For the INSAR Cultural Diversity Committee's most recent news and activities, please check out our newsletter in the link below.


Quarterly Newsletters

September 2019 | January 2020 | June 2020


About Cultural Diversity Committee

The INSAR Cultural Diversity Committee was initially launched in 2010 by Tamara Daley and Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp in recognition of the need to foster awareness and support for cultural diversity at INSAR meetings.  The activities and events of the Cultural Diversity Committee have evolved over the years based on feedback from members. 

The members of this committee assist in organizing / leading all of the activities at the annual INSAR conference 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 are interested in committee membership please fill out the form below.

Our Initiatives

Cultural Diversity Research Award

The Cultural Diversity Achievement Award aims to recognize and support investigators who conduct community-based or community partnered research that leaves a lasting impact on under-served and under-researched communities. Read more...

Summer Internship

In recognition of the increased need for the field of autism to incorporate global perspectives and issues of cultural diversity in scientific research, the INSAR Cultural Diversity Committee will provide a total of two (2) awards to undergraduate and/or graduate students from domestic (US) and/or international institutions. Students from a historically under-represented group or LMIC who are currently enrolled at an accredited institution will receive priority. Research must be conducted in an accredited university or a research institution under the supervision of a highly qualified mentor with a full-time faculty position and documented autism research experience. Read more...

INSAR Annual Meeting Events

Pre-Conference Cultural Diversity Workshop: The INSAR Cultural Diversity Committee hosts a pre-conference workshop for the INSAR Annual Meeting. The Committee invites researchers to present their work focused on culturally diverse and underserved communities. Read More...

Cultural Diversity Meet & Greet:  Launched in 2015, the Cultural Diversity Committee has held happy hour receptions at the annual INSAR meetings to provide a venue to meet and socialize in an informal setting prior to the start of the INSAR meeting. 

Cultural Diversity Networking Luncheon: The networking luncheons have been held since the inception of the Cultural Diversity committee in 2011. These luncheons have provided INSAR attendees with opportunities to meet and learn about work conducted around the world related to autism.

Committee Newsletters

September 2019

January 2020

June 2020

For more information, please email:

Cultural Diversity Officers

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp (Co-Chair)

Gulnoza Yakubova, PhD (Co-Chair)

Sandra Vanegas, PhD (Co-Chair)

Cultural Diversity Committee Volunteer Interest Form

This form is currently closed for submissions. For questions about the committee, please email: .

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