Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Statement on Diversity

The AAO-HNS affirms that in order to continue to work for the best ear, nose, and throat care, we must support and encourage diversity in our membership.

We acknowledge that culturally effective care is predicated on cultural sensitivity and cultural competence. We are committed to diversity and equal opportunity for our members. The Academy affirms its dedication to diversity by ensuring and developing opportunity for leadership positions within the Academy that are accessible to all Fellows, including underrepresented minorities within our specialty.

We maintain that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors. Throughout our work, we will support diversity in all of its forms, encompassing but not limited to age, disability status*, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Leading by example we aspire to make diversity a core and abiding strength of the otolaryngology community.

*The term “disability” means, with respect to an individual, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working. (Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990)


We Are One

Watch this video to learn more about the Academy’s overarching theme, “We Are One – Otolaryngology United for ENT Patient Care. The Academy is the home for all professionals specializing in ear, nose, and throat care. We are recognized as an inviting, accepting, and inclusive professional community fostering diversity within the specialty and the organization. The Academy supports professionals working in the specialty inclusive of all practice environments and subspecialties, and we foster synergistic partnerships with international colleagues, specialty societies, allied health providers, and strategic partners.

Support Diversity in the Specialty

The Academy supports diversity and inclusion in the specialty. You can take part by serving on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and by contributing to the Diversity Endowment, Harry Barnes Endowment, and the Women In Otolaryngology Endowment.

The Diversity Endowment to provides critical funding of programs that will facilitate education and awareness, create an atmosphere of inclusion, and encourage pursuit of the specialty by underrepresented minorities. This endowment was set up to provide funding for:

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