BBM Organizing Committee’s response to racial injustice

BBM’s Stance on Anti-racism

We the BBM Organizing Committee stand firmly in continued solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We condemn the longstanding tradition of anti-Asian violence in the United States and the continued harm brought upon Latinx and Indigenous communities throughout the country. Ultimately, dismantling systems of oppression will require an intersectional framework, and we the BBM Organizing Committee maintain our commitment to anti-racism and to promoting equity in all its forms.

While this work is not new, a hard line on anti-racism is essential to our efforts to build a more equitable community where all can thrive. The past two years of extensive participation in protests all over the US and beyond, in the middle of a pandemic, has underscored how critical it is to speak out and take action. Silence also speaks volumes. Through silence and inaction, we perpetuate the prejudice and violence that have been part of the daily lives of our BIPOC colleagues and friends, both inside and out of the science community.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we as scientists have increased visibility, bolstered public trust, and a magnified voice. We have the means to augment underrepresented voices. As scientists, employers, educators, science communicators, and clinicians, we have the power to implement real change by challenging injustice and prejudice in our labs, classrooms, and clinics. At BBM, we strive to promote inclusivity and diversity. To this end, we are committing to the following:

  • Offering a dedicated space for discussion on race and representation in the sciences by holding a breakout session on Diversity in STEM.
  • Continuing to offer out “Underrepresented Minorities in Biomedical Sciences Scholarship” which waives the registration fee.
  • Expanding out scholarship to include a Travel Award to help underrepresented minority microbiologists attend out meeting. All proceeds from our online store will go towards furnishing this award for next year. You can also support out scholarship by donating here. If your company wishes to sponsor this endeavor, contact us at

We acknowledge that there is still work to be done to ensure equity, diversity, and representation both at BBM and in the scientific community. Below we have provided resources so that you too can participate. It is on all of us, especially those of us who have the privilege to speak out, to fight against injustice. This message is also an invitation for comments and suggestions from our participants on how the Organizing Committee can practice good allyship as BBM organizers, and ways we can promote BIPOC and underrepresented voices. We are here to listen and act together, and to ensure that we all enjoy the same privileges and basic human rights.

In Solidarity,

The 2022 BBM Organizing Committee

Anti-Racism Resources

Members of our community can take action through some of the following resources: