Code of Conduct

Welcome to the Black Microbiologists Association (BMA)! We are excited to have you in  our community! This is a living document and is subject to changes and updates as  required. Any changes or updates made to the code of conduct will be announced in the  slack workspace. 

The BMA, also known as Black In Microbiology, was formed in response to the success  of Black in Microbiology Week 2020. This group consists of people across the field of  microbiology, at different professional levels and with different identities. In order to  ensure that this is a safe space for all members, it is essential that we have a set of  ethics and principles for conduct.  

What is the Black Microbiologists Association?  

Our mission is to: 

  • Highlight the presence and accomplishments of Black microbiologists from  around the globe. 
  • Connect Black microbiologists with one another and foster a sense of community  among them. 
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of racial disparities in microbiology and its  subfields. 
  • Uplift Black scientists in all fields, acknowledge the contributions to their  disciplines, and support the collective work of pursuing equity in academe,  industry, government, and beyond.  

What does this Code of Conduct Cover? 

The code of conduct covers all comments and behaviors both inside and outside our  Slack channel. BMA members are also expected to follow this code of conduct in all of  their interactions with the overall #BlackInMicro community on social media such as  Slack, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

Summary of Key Points

We are dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment, regardless of  background or identity. By participating in this community, participants agree to abide by the Code of Conduct and accept the procedures by which any Code of Conduct  incidents are resolved.  

  • Use welcoming and inclusive language 
  • Be respectful of different viewpoints and experiences 
  • Don’t make assumptions about the identities of others 
  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism 
  • Acknowledge and respect the creative and energetic investments of others ● Focus on what is best for the community 
  • Help promote consistency in media coverage 
  • Show courtesy and respect towards other community members 

If you believe someone is violating the Code of Conduct, we ask that you report it to the  Board of Directors via this form, who will take the appropriate action to address the  situation. Conflict should be handled in a professional manner, with good faith efforts by  all parties involved. It is therefore NOT appropriate to assume and/or accuse others of  mal-intent publicly on platforms such as Twitter or other social media. 

Reported violations will be promptly addressed with the person in question upon receipt  of the form. First offenses will be addressed informally in writing with the exception of  extreme violations in which the offender will be removed immediately. Repeat (3+)  offenders will be removed from the association.  


  1. We ask all members to respect confidentiality. Honor the stories of our members.  The BMA slack channel is intended to function as a safe space for our members  to communicate. Sometimes this may include difficult topics and experiences.  For this reason, we take confidentiality very seriously. Under no circumstances  should information/content be shared or screenshots be taken and/or shared of  any conversations that occur within the slack. Failure to adhere to this rule will  result in immediate expulsion from the slack and BMA membership.  
  2. Be mindful to not speak for others or for one’s whole identity group. No group is a  monolith.  
  3. Approach the complex identity of each person with respect 
  4. Endeavor to use inclusive language. This means: 
    1. Do not assume anyone’s racial/cultural identity 
    2. Avoid generalizations 
    3. Do not assume gender identities/sexual orientation 
    4. Be mindful of disabilities and avoid ableist language 
  5. Standards for Social Media Interactions 
    1. Don’t make posts that presume to represent the entire BMA / BlackInMicro organization. 
    2. All requests for official comments/statements/interviews/highlights from  official organizations, journalists, or other media platforms must be  forwarded to the BMA leadership.
    3. Please notify the leadership of requests for coverage by an individual’s  home institution so that we can follow up/promote the coverage.
    4. Please use content warnings/trigger warnings (CW/TW) when you share  sensitive content  

By signing up for the Black Microbiologists Association you agree to abide by these terms.