June 2, 2020
Instead of the usual President’s message, because of recent events in the US, the SRI leadership has come together to issue a statement affirming the strong and unwavering commitment of our organization regarding issues of race, diversity, justice, and equity. The SRI position statement is unanimously supported by the SRI leadership regardless of country of origin. The statement will be the message this month. I hope you will find time to read it, reflect and consider how we as a society, and as individuals, can be agents of change.
Jim Segars, MD
SRI President, 2019-2021
The leadership of SRI is deeply saddened by the profane and barbaric murder of Mr. George Floyd and the killings of other black and brown citizens in the United States while in police custody. We are deeply disheartened that nationwide protest is necessary for the voices calling for justice to be heard. We decry any politicization of these events in a manner that stigmatizes the oppressed and encourages further divisiveness among races.
The ongoing history of police brutality against communities of color, like the disproportionate deaths in black and brown communities due to SARS-CoV-2 and the shameful increase in maternal mortality in women of color in this country are all symptoms of a deep and complex syndrome: Racism. Those of us who enjoy the benefits of privilege have for too long left the work of rapprochement to people of color.
As for any disease, we need to approach and understand its roots in the very inception of human culture and its underlying mechanisms. We then need to focus our attention on prediction, prevention, and mitigation of the disease process.
To that end, the SRI is committed to education and engagement around issues of race, diversity, and equity. We are committed to do our part to diversify and enhance the cadre of clinicians and scientists focused on understanding reproductive tract diseases and pregnancy disorders in women of color. We are committed to improving the voice and efficacy of the scientific and clinical workforce, and we are committed to molding and shaping our society to one where this diversified workforce feels welcomed and valued.
It is time all of us rise to the call of justice in the name of science and women’s health. Without racial justice, there will never be an end to the glaring racial disparities in health outcomes that we observe every day in our daily work.
Ayman Al-Hendy, MD – Councilor
Ciera Arias - Administrative Coordinator
Elizabeth Bonney, MD, MPH – Past Councilor
Irina Burd, MD, PhD – Councilor
Morgan Derby - Program Manager
Asgi Fazleabas, PhD – Councilor
Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, PhD – Chair, SRI Diversity Committee
Michelle Holm, CMP - Meetings Manager
Thomas Jansson, MD, PhD – Councilor
Anne Krolikowski, CAE - Executive Director
Eun Lee, PhD – Editor of SRI 1st Alert
Stephen Matthews, PhD – Councilor
Carole Mendelson, PhD – President Nominee
Leah Miller - Associate Executive Director
Murray Mitchell, DPhil, DSc - Immediate Past President
Amy Murtha, MD – Councilor
Paul Rozance, MD – Secretary Treasurer
Nanette Santoro, MD – President-Elect
Jim Segars, MD – President
Jerry Strauss, MD, PhD – Past President Representative on Council
Virginia Winn, MD, PhD – Councilor