SDMS Board Policy: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
The SDMS is committed to promoting and implementing ongoing improvements to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the diagnostic medical sonography profession and in its membership, leadership, volunteers, and staff. The SDMS Board of Directors recognizes the success of the SDMS’ mission depends on members, leaders, volunteers, and staff who provide diverse backgrounds, experiences, ideas, perspectives, and opinions, without regard to the characteristics outlined below.
There shall be no barriers to full participation in the SDMS based on race, ethnicity, skin color, national origin, citizenship, language, ancestry, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, mental or physical (dis)ability, religion or religious commitment, marital status, medical condition or status, pregnancy status, socioeconomic status, veteran status, political perspective, geographic location, or any characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
In addition, the SDMS supports and encourages its members, the sonography profession, and the medical community to support efforts to:
Adopted by the SDMS Board of Directors, December 2, 2020.
- Improve patient care by reducing health disparities; and
- Ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in sonography educational, employment, and career and professional development opportunities.
Note: This policy shall apply to all SDMS policies, procedures, programs, and services regardless of whether explicitly referenced. This policy also applies to all SDMS volunteers and staff.