DEAI Subcommittee: FASEB FRIENDS Recruitment Program

Subcommittee Charge

The FASEB FRIENDS (Fostering, Recruitment, Innovation, Engagement, and Diversity in Sciences) Subcommittee is charged with leading FASEB’s ongoing efforts to increase the diversity among FASEB’s and its member societies’ research workforces, Boards, and committees; and share the benefits offered by member societies to assist career development of scientists from historically excluded communities. Subcommittee members will work closely with FASEB’s Human Resources Department to drive sourcing strategies for the best diverse talent.

Subcommittee Objectives

  1. Foster innovation
  2. Increase engagement among staff and volunteers
  3. Enhance organization’s reputation by strengthening advocacy efforts

Subcommittee Membership

The FASEB FRIENDS Recruitment Subcommittee will initially consist of 10 members, including FASEB and member society staff and volunteers designated by their member societies.  The subcommittee composition will be as follows:

  • FASEB and/or member society staff = 4 members
  • Member society volunteers = 6 members

Ad-hoc members will be invited for their subject matter expertise, as needed.

Subcommittee Member Position Description


Three years beginning on July 1 of the year following their selection and ending on June 30 of the third year.  Initially, 5 members will serve a 2-year term and the remaining 5 members will serve a 3-year term during the first year.  Thereafter, all members will serve a 3-year term. 


  • Participate in subcommittee meetings (ability to participate in 75% or more meetings expected)
  • Develop recruitment strategies
  • Develop guidelines to reduce bias in recruiting and interview processes
  • Design dashboard to measure progress and identify areas for improvement
  • Consult with FASEB Human Resources Department, as appropriate
  • Provide thoughtful recommendations on how to continuously improve our recruitment process
  • Active engagement by providing input on action and discussion items
  • Market and promote the program to existing and potential member societies


FASEB seeks staff and active society members with the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrated passion for DEAI
  • Familiarity with sourcing strategies (i.e., diverse recruitment platforms and industry groups, college/university career departments and affinity groups)
  • Existing relationships with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), post-secondary educational institutions with large diverse student populations, and/or diverse professional STEM organizations is a plus
  • Understanding the barriers to diversity in the recruitment and retention process (i.e., GPA minimums, relocation stipends, access to technology)
  • Excellent innovative strategies and strong interpersonal skills
  • Thrives in collaborative environments
  • Willingness to leverage professional networks (individual and/or group connections) for subject matter expertise

Biographic, demographic, and scientific diversity in governance is an overarching goal of the Federation, and the Federation seeks members of its subcommittees who represent this diversity.

Time Commitment

Monthly 1-hour video conferences, plus time required to review and complete action items prior to each meeting (approximately 2-4 hours per month). 

Please note:  Once this new program is fully underway, the expectation is that the amount of time needed to administer this program will decrease since more time is always required in the developmental phase.


FASEB will provide necessary accommodations to ensure all members are able to fully participate in this subcommittee. If you need an accommodation, please contact FASEB’s DEAI Program Manager, Elvie Banda.

General Inquiries

For any questions regarding this subcommittee, please contact [email protected].