AST Releases Statement on Racism

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

As a fundamental extension of the AST mission, we stand resolute in our commitment to eradicate systemic racism in all forms, eliminate racial disparities, elevate collegial diversity, deconstruct barriers to a culture of racial equality, and hold the transplant community accountable to zero-tolerance for racism.

While recent tragic events in the Black community have catalyzed our society, we recognize the longstanding and historical patterns of neglect, abuse, and maltreatment perpetrated on people of color, especially Black Americans. We unequivocally affirm that Black lives matter. Inaction or silence in the face of these injustices serves only to perpetuate racism, extend the public health crisis, and contradict our mission to better the lives of vulnerable populations.

The AST is committed to taking actions to achieve permanent change. As a community of healthcare professionals, scientists, and patient advocates, we recognize the imperative to rigorously evaluate, re-evaluate and continuously improve.

Our full statement and plan of action is available under “Who We Are.”