Black Lives Matter Statement
In response to the recent and past unacknowledged tragic deaths of numerous innocent black individuals whose lives were taken as a result of institutional racism in the U.S., The American Society of Neurorehabilitation (ASNR) unequivocally supports Black Lives Matter (BLM) and is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for black neuroscientists.
Based on our next steps below, you can expect ASNR to create and publish a specific and concrete action plan over the next few months that will support the growth and equality of black scientists in the neurorehabilitation community that is long overdue. We know that our members stand with us, and together we will take action to create meaningful change.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Black Lives Matter statement
ASNR outlines five values that we hold true to our society. One of which is Diversity, Equity, & Inclusivity. ASNR values our members and welcomes everyone who shares the same passion for neurorehabilitation. ASNR embraces people of all backgrounds and believes strongly in the variance and difference of ideas.
ASNR’s mission as a society and organization is “to improve the lives of people with neurological disorders through advances in basic and clinical research”; In order to fulfill our mission as a society we must also value how to improve the lives of all. Therefore, ASNR believes black, and other underrepresented groups, lives need to be improved. Which is why ASNR believes it to be incredibly important and necessary to create a non-exhaustive list of concrete and specific action plans we will uphold as an organization to truly honor our Diversity & Inclusivity value, as well as our mission.
ASNR has committed to following the suggestion of the science journal, CellPress, through the implementation of FOUR themed action plans. In the coming months these centralized action plans will have a more specific, and concrete direction to support the growth and equality of black scientists in the neurorehabilitation community.