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October 1, 2020

AGA raises concerns about recent executive order

We are speaking out to ensure a brighter and more equitable future.
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AGA is concerned by the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping issued on Sept. 22, 2020. This order, while confirming that training of the federal workforce to create an inclusive workspace is beneficial, also leads to a misguided perception of the purpose and outcomes of this type of training. In addition, it may have unintended ramifications on institutions receiving federal research funding.

We believe it is critical and necessary to understand both the positive and negative realities of our nation’s history, so that together we can forge forward into a brighter, and more equitable future.

As highlighted in AGA’s commentary published in Gastroenterology, AGA believes that equity is defined by fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all, acknowledging that there are historically underserved and underrepresented populations. Equity requires identifying and eliminating barriers that have created unbalanced conditions and prevented the full participation of some groups in order to provide equal opportunity for all groups.

By default, teaching and practicing equity, diversity and inclusion aims not to place any group above or below any other group, or to create division. It rather seeks to achieve fairness and understanding, and fully recognize the dignity of all groups, identities and individuals.

AGA stands with the AAMC in our commitment to being a diverse, inclusive, equitable and anti-racist organization.

Our commitment to this issue is manifest in the AGA Equity Project.

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