Process Will Advance Inclusion, Diversity, Access and Equity Goals
Elections for the IDSA and HIVMA Board of Directors are currently underway using a new process designed to ensure that the society’s leadership represents the full diversity of its membership. Our definition of diversity is broad and includes race, ethnicity, gender, age, geographic location, type of practice setting or activity, such as clinical vs. non-clinical, and other factors.
Rooted in the society’s principles of inclusion, diversity, access and equity (IDA&E), the slate-based election will provide members the opportunity to vote yay or nay on a group of highly qualified and diverse candidates recruited and vetted by IDSA’s Leadership Development Committee. This process was approved after a recent bylaws change and is one being used by societies committed to the principles of IDA&E.
During a call for volunteers, which ran from Jan. 29 to Feb. 27, IDSA received a significant number of applications for IDSA and HIVMA officer positions by actively recruiting members and being more transparent with the recruitment and review process. This process included the creation of a model representing the desired attributes of volunteers serving in various roles. The Leadership Development Committee was then charged with selecting the best candidates and a diverse group who could most effectively lead the society.
On June 5, all voting members of IDSA received via email an electronic ballot for both the IDSA and HIVMA elections with the subject line "2020 IDSA/HIVMA Elections." A reminder ballot was sent June 15 to those who had not yet voted. The ballots were sent via our third party voting management firm, Election Services, so please check your spam folder if you have not yet received them.
The IDSA section of the ballot includes one slate of candidates for four open positions – the vice president and three directors. The HIVMA section of the ballot includes one slate of candidates for six open positions – the vice chair, internal medicine/family medicine director seat, three ID director seats and one advanced practice provider seat. Members are being asked to vote yes or no to each slate.
Biographical sketches and personal statements for the HIVMA slate and the IDSA slate can be found here and are aso provided in the email. Please remember to complete both the IDSA and HIVMA sections of the ballot.
Voting began June 5 and will end June 26 at 5 p.m. EDT
If you have difficulty voting, have questions about voting online, or did not receive a ballot and you are a voting member, please contact Election Services Corporation by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-720-HELP (4357), 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT.
Thank you in advance for voting. Your participation is an important way to influence the future direction of IDSA and HIVMA.