Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies invites our BIPOC (black, Indigenous, and people of color) colleagues to participate in a two-year (2021-2022) pilot program, the ASEEES Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion. ASEEES recognizes that BIPOC scholars and students in our field have often experienced isolation and marginalization. The aim of this initiative is for ASEEES to provide structural support to create a community of BIPOC students, scholars, and professionals in the United States so that they can network, share their experiences and mentor each other.

We are pleased to offer complimentary two-year membership for 2021 and 2022 to eligible BIPOC students, scholars, and professionals who are working on topics in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia in or outside the academy or those who have an MA or PhD in the field but are working in unrelated areas or disciplines. Previous ASEEES members whose membership has lapsed are especially welcome to rejoin the Association at no cost in 2021 and 2022.

As part of the aim to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in our field and provide professional benefits and support for our BIPOC members, we request that those participating in this initiative be willing to engage with other BIPOC students and colleagues in a designated online networking platform.

ASEEES thanks Douglas Smith and Stephanie Ellis-Smith for their generous gift to fund this initiative.

Eligibility requirements to receive complimentary two-year ASEEES membership:

  • Undergraduate students, graduate students, scholars, or non-academic professionals who identify as BIPOC who are studying or working in the field, or
  • Professionals who identify as BIPOC who have an MA or PhD in the field but are working in unrelated areas or disciplines
  • Permanently residing in the United States
  • Willingness to engage with other BIPOC members in an online network

Please indicate your interest by completing this short information form. If you have not created a profile in the ASEEES membership database, please do so by going here. This information is required in order for us to process your complimentary membership.