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CSA Releases Statement on Racism and Diversity
Dear CSA Members:

Please see the updated statement on racism and diversity from the Central Surgical Association Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force and the CSA Council. The events The events of 2020 and 2021, starting with the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent economic shutdown, followed by the blatant violence against the Black and Asian communities have further heightened awareness of the racial disparities and healthcare inequities that are a part of the fabric of our country that we can no longer ignore.

The leadership of the Central Surgical Association, an organization that prides itself on mentoring and fostering opportunities for young surgeons to not only present their work at a high quality scientific meeting but also assume leadership positions, is committed to ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our surgical community and family. To that end, we endorse the recent statements of the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Surgery, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, Society of Asian Academic Surgeons, and Latino Surgical Society, on racism and intolerance. However, as it is not enough to simply say that we oppose discrimination and racism, we have taken and will continue to take action.

To that end, the Council of the CSA has several initiatives underway that will continue to move forward:

We are confident that together we can embrace the challenges ahead and emerge stronger and more committed than ever to serving each and every one of our members and maintaining a vibrant and meaningful surgical society.

Thank you for all you do for your patients, your healthcare institutions, and your communities.

Respectfully,
CSA Council
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force