Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Statement

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recognizes that the diversity of its community – including its members, leadership, and staff – is a vital component of the AASM’s mission: Advancing sleep care and enhancing sleep health to improve lives. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive space by respecting and celebrating our unique attributes, backgrounds, and perspectives. To build a strong community, the AASM is devoted to providing a welcoming environment in which diverse opinions, experiences, and viewpoints are appreciated, and every individual feels a sense of belonging. We value equity and seek to provide opportunities for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers to inclusion. Recognizing that sleep is essential to health, we will work with stakeholders, policymakers, and the public to reduce sleep health disparities.

– Revised by the AASM Board of Directors on January 22, 2021

For a copy of the latest AASM diversity and inclusion report, visit the Strategic Plan webpage.

The AASM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is hosting a series virtual discussion groups as part of our effort to promote a welcoming environment for all members. We are currently seeking volunteers in the select member groups below to dialogue about your work and any challenges you may have encountered within the sleep medicine field. We would love to hear your experience!

Member Discussion Groups

  • Black/African American members
    • Scheduled for Friday, May 7th at 3:00PM ET
  • APP members
    • Scheduled for Friday, May 28th at 3:00PM ET [SIGN UP]
  • Sleep Tech members
  • Hispanic members
  • International members
  • Solo Practice members

Session Details

  • Held on Fridays starting in May 2021
  • Each session will take approximately 60 minutes
  • 5-8 participants per group
  • Will need access to a computer/cellphone with reliable camera and internet connection

Educate yourself and spread awareness with DEI resources

Receive support and recognition through available DEI programs

AASM DEI Meeting Grant

The purpose of the grant is to provide AASM members whose demographic characteristics are underrepresented within the AASM’s volunteer and leadership population an opportunity to become more engaged so one day they are no longer underrepresented. The grant will cover registration fees and include travel assistance in future years when SLEEP is held as an in-person meeting.

APSS DEI Leadership Award

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award is a new effort to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of sleep medicine and/or sleep and circadian science by increasing diversity in the field, developing targeted educational programs or working to reduce sleep health disparities.

AASM Foundation Diversity Supplement Award

The AASM Foundation is committed to developing the careers of sleep and circadian investigators. To meet this goal, the AASM Foundation encourages and supports the development of a diverse and well-trained sleep and circadian research workforce. The AASM Foundation is offering supplemental funds to active awards to support individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences.

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