Why does “reach” matter when it comes to excellence?
“Reach” speaks to how broad and deep diverse perspectives are engrained in the ACS story. ACS has been a pacesetter in acknowledging diversity in the chemical profession as evidenced by the breadth of our divisions and committees alone. Even so, ACS has the power to take a bolder step and model inclusive excellence in every aspect of the Society’s governance, programming, and services. Inclusive excellence is emerging as the new norm in the 21st century in which people embrace multi-faceted identities in the global landscape. The ACS could redefine excellence based on using the full range of competencies and gifts of all members for the common good of the profession.