Assessing Representation and Perceived Inclusion among Members of the Society for Epidemiologic Research

Society for Epidemiologic Research Diversity and Inclusion Committee

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Using Web-based survey data collected in June-August 2018 from members of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER), we characterized numerous dimensions of social identity and lived experience and assessed relationships between these characteristics and perceptions of inclusion and Society participation. We quantified associations between those characteristics and 3 outcomes: feeling very welcomed, high (top 25th percentile) self-initiated participation, and any (top 10th percentile) Society-initiated participation. Data for racial/ethnic and religious minority categories were blinded to preserve anonymity, and we accounted for missing data. In 2018, most SER members (n = 1,631) were White (62%) or female (66%). Females with racial/ethnic nonresponse were least likely to report feeling very welcomed, while White males were most likely. Members who did not report their race, identified with a specific racial/ethnic minority, or were politically conservative/right-leaning were less likely than White or liberal/left-leaning members to have high self-initiated participation. Women and persons of specific racial/ethnic minority or minority religious affiliations were less likely to participate in events initiated by the Society. These data represent a baseline for assessing trends and the impact of future initiatives aimed at improving diversity, inclusion, representation, and participation within SER.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)998-1010
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020


  • continental population groups
  • cultural diversity
  • demography
  • ethnic groups
  • sex
  • social participation
  • societies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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