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Since the Skin of Color Society (SOCS) was founded in 2004 by Dr. Susan Taylor, SOCS leaders and members have been working passionately toward advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within the field of dermatology and healthcare, in communities around the world, and society as a whole.

This vitally important work lies at the heart of the SOCS mission and all of our programs and initiatives. As expressed in our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement, “It is our deepest hope that the work of our organization helps to change the landscape for people of color and have a positive impact on society as a whole, benefiting all.”

In recent times, new and improved DEI programs have been cropping up all over the US and the world at a phenomenal rate, inspired and fueled by many societal factors—including a widened awakening about the “public health crisis of systemic racism,” a reality that was addressed in a powerful editorial written by SOCS leadership and published in The Dermatologist Magazine in June 2020.

The explosive growth of DEI programs is a benchmark of progress in the right direction to achieve equality, dignity, and respect for all humanity—regardless of race, ethnicity, skin tone, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, and/or level of ability.

The ongoing practice of living by the tenets and values of diversity, equity and inclusion takes self-awareness, honesty, insight, understanding, empathy, humility, compassion, and commitment with every individual and collective step.

Read the SOCS Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in its entirety here.

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