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Successful Bylaws Vote Allows Creation of Leadership Development Committee


Governance Image.jpgIDSA’s governance changes are designed to ensure that every level of the Society leadership reflects the full dimensions of our ID community.

Building a Diverse and Sustainable Future

IDSA is making important changes that will help ensure a successful future for the Society and better engage new generations of members. We’re committed to ensuring that the leadership of the Society — from task force to committee to board of director level — reflects the true face of ID. And in June 2018, that commitment was solidified by the IDSA Board when it approved the recommendations of our Governance Task Force.

Governance Task Force Charge

Established in late 2017, the Governance Task Force was charged with reviewing how well the current governance structure aligns with the six IDSA Strategic Priorities, and whether the current committees, their structures, and processes are appropriately organized to attract a group of volunteers reflective of the Society membership.

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Establish an Inclusion, Diversity, Access and Equity (IDA&E) Task Force

The task force, chaired by Tina Tan, MD, FIDSA, was appointed in September 2018

Its first goal was to develop guiding principles for the Society to ensure that the IDSA Board and committees reflect the depth of diversity within our membership, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, geographic location, clinical vs. non-clinical, among other factors.

The following principles were approved by the IDSA Board on Dec. 6:

We are committed to build a Society based on the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Access, and Equity (IDA&E)To achieve this, we will intentionally:

  • Cultivate a welcoming environment where differences are embraced, valued, and respected. 
  • Ensure that processes, policies, and practices foster fairness, belonging, equity, and reflect the views and values of our Society,
  • Guarantee transparency to promote fair treatment and access to opportunities for all members within all levels of the organization.

The task force will also help develop professional pathways that expand the Society volunteer leadership pipeline and create a IDA&E roadmap that provides a clear definition, metrics and guidance on the Society’s ongoing efforts to achieve and maintain inclusion, diversity, access and equity.

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IDSA’s new Inclusion, Diversity, Access and Equity Task Force met for the first time at IDWeek. 1st row, left to right: Jasmine Marcelin, MD; Katie Bourgoin; Salandra Fleming; Tina Tan, MD, FIDSA. 2nd row, left to right: Raul Macias Gil, MD; Dawd Siraj, MD, FIDSA; Chris Busky, CAE; Janet Gilsdorf, MD, FIDSA, FPIDS; Ravina Kullar, PharmD, MPH, FIDSA; Paul Auwaerter, MD, FIDSA; Lilian Abbo, MD, FIDSA.


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Appoint a Leadership Development Committee to Create a Pathway that Supports Rising Leaders 

Thanks to a successful bylaws vote, a Leadership Development Committee was established to replace the Nominations Committee. This new Leadership Development Committee will develop and oversee the process of identifying, coaching and stewarding qualified pools of applicants to serve as volunteer leaders. It will also ensure that volunteers meet core competency skill areas and represent the diverse needs, perspectives and experiences of IDSA’s membership – tapping into an expanded pool of potential leaders and volunteers with diverse expertise and backgrounds. Our definition of diversity is broad and includes race/ethnicity, gender, work setting, region, member degree, professional activity, and key areas of expertise, among other factors.

The Call for Volunteers for the Leadership Development Committee was open from Jan. 8 – Jan. 29. Members with demonstrated interest and experience in developing leaders and an understanding of inclusion, diversity, access and equity principles were encouraged to apply. Because it is critically important that our community of volunteers represent the full diversity of IDSA and HIVMA, up to 15 members will be selected with a broad perspective on diversity. Committee members will be selected and notified in the coming weeks. Watch IDSA communications for updates.


Create More Ad-Hoc Groups to Encourage Member Participation

IDSA will establish more ad hoc entities, such as task forces, working groups and advisory groups, to carry out the work of the Society. These groups will offer members more opportunities to volunteer on a short-term basis to assist on specific issues and initiatives.

Establish a new COI/Ethics Committee

This committee will ensure that members, staff, and others involved in official IDSA activities uphold the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct in carrying out the work of the Society, including disclosure and management of conflicts of interest.

Rename Finance Committee to Investment Committee

A bylaws change was necessary to make this change. In December 2018, IDSA/HIVMA members voted overwhelmingly in support of this bylaws revision.

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