Society for the Study of Human Development

Results of Diversity Initiative Survey

In November 2019, the SSHD membership was polled on their views regarding a new diversity science initiative. As a result of the feedback, the Diversity Science Initiative Committee was convened. A summary of the survey results is presented below.

Demographics of the Survey Respondants

Total responses = 67

Percent members of SSHD = 85% (N=57); lapsed members = 9% (N=6); skipped question = 6% (N=4)

Percent female = 70% (N=47); percent male = 24% (N=16); skipped question = 6% (N=9)

Percent American Indian or Alaska Native = 2% (N=1); Asian or Asian American = 10% (N=7); Hispanic / Latinx = 8% (N=5); White = 75% (N=50); Other race = 2% (N=1). There were no Black or African American or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander respondents to this survey.

Diversity Science Feedback

Interest in Diversity Science Initiative
 FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative Percent
Yes1420.930.430.4
Maybe2232.847.878.3
No1014.921.7100.0
Total4668.7100.0 
Missing 2131.3  
Total67100.0  

With regard to various proposed Diversity Science Initiative activities, the following were endorsed:

  • Discussions = 33% (N=22)
  • Collaborations = 36% (N=24)
  • Publications = 31% (N=21)
  • Networking at conference = 39% (N=26)
  • Networking virtually = 24% (N=16)
  • Other = 2% (N=1) [“Research and career development”]