Better Leadership through Diversity: A Case Study of the March for Science

Better Leadership through Diversity: A Case Study of the March for Science

My latest for American Humanist Association: In failing to take responsibility for diversity in a methodical and transparent manner, the March for Science leadership made four major errors. First, the organizers attempted to set up the march as “apolitical” without having thought about equity, inclusion, and accessibility ( The organizers failed to connect with diversity experts and activist groups.

Second, the march organizers did not proactively manage the anti-diversity discourse that their supporters engaged in (

Third, the march used an ineffective communications strategy that exacerbated poor diversity practices (

Fourth, the organization was not welcoming of diversity. Several women publicly left over dysfunctional dynamics and lack of support for diversity (

In short, rather than learning from similar problems of exclusion that emerged from the Women’s March, the March for Science replicated them, particularly by marginalizing people of color and community activists.

The best way to redress the inequities in science is through structural reform. This means reviewing policy through an evidence-based process. A more productive approach to diversity focuses on responsibilities of leaders to enhance measurable results. In other words, for science to make the most of everyone’s talents, leaders must “walk the talk,” modelling best practice and promoting accountability for themselves and other managers.

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  1. Swedish Lawmakers Hold Forum on China’s Organ Harvesting Crimes

    May 06, 2017

    ( Four Swedish Parliament Members held a forum on Wednesday to promote a bill banning “organ tourism” to China.

    American reporter and China affairs expert Ethan Gutmann and a representative from the organization Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), Dr. Harold King, were invited to speak at the forum.

    Ethan Gutmann (middle) spoke at the forum. On his right and left are Swedish lawyer Nicolas and Dr. Harold King.

    Four Swedish parliament members that held the forum. From left to right: Lotta Johnsson Fornarve, Niclas Malmberg, Marta Obminska, and Hans Rothenberg

    According to MP Marta Obminska, four lawmakers have come together to stop illegal organ trade.

    MP Obminska believes that very few Swedes are aware of forced organ harvesting and organ tourism to China. She that it is necessary to discuss it and to initiate a dialogue with China, so that the Chinese regime will know that Sweden says “No” to this crime.

    Dr. Harold King introduced the mission of DAFOH and how other countries have passed laws to prevent organ tourism to China, including Israel, Spain, Taiwan, and Italy.

    Ethan Gutmann reviewed the evidence that he, along with David Kilgour and David Matas, two Canadian human rights activists, collected that proves the existence of state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China.

    Gutmann encouraged Swedish lawmakers to help stop this crime.

    MP Niclas Malmberg emphasized the necessity of such laws.

    MP Lotta Johnsson Fornarve said that forced organ harvesting is shameful. She said if Sweden takes the initiative to pass such a law, other European countries will follow suit.

    MP Hans Rothenberg said the most important step to stopping it is to let the public know about it, while the second step is to pass a law to prevent organ tourism. He said we must let the Chinese Communist Party know that forced organ harvesting is inhuman.

    In conjunction with the forum, Falun Gong practitioners held a rally outside the parliament building.

    After the forum, some of the attendees joined the rally and voiced support for the practitioners’ efforts.

    Demonstrating Falun Gong exercises at Mynttorget, outside the parliament building

    MP Lotta Johnsson Fornarve speaks at the rally.

    Nicolas, a Swedish lawyer, added his comments at the rally.

    Dr. Harold King offers his support at the rally.

    Ethan Gutmann speaks out against China’s forced organ harvesting crimes.

    The Falun Gong practitioners also handed out flyers, re-enacted forced organ harvesting, and collected signatures on a petition.


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