Lepidopterists' Society Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, Harassment, and Safety
The Lepidopterists' Society values diversity among our membership, just as we value diversity within the biological communities we study. We welcome into our Society and encourage the participation of all individuals who are interested in Lepidoptera regardless of age; gender; gender identity; sexual orientation; race; ethnicity; cultural background; nationality; religion; physical or mental ability; professional status; opinions on collecting, observing, and photographing; and all other characteristics and activities that make our members unique.
The Lepidopterists' Society is dedicated to providing a safe, hospitable, and productive environment for everyone attending our events. We therefore prohibit any and all intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct during these events. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: offensive gestures or verbal comments; the sending or sharing of offensive images, videos, emails, texts, or voicemails; deliberate intimidation; stalking, following, harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. This policy applies to all event speakers, staff, volunteers, exhibitors, and attendees.
The Society may take any action it deems appropriate in dealing with an event participant who engages in harassing behavior, ranging from a simple warning to expulsion from any Society sponsored events to loss of membership in the Society.
If you are being harassed, if you notice that someone else is being harassed, or if you have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Society's designated ombudsperson, who will work with the appropriate Society leadership to resolve the situation. The designated ombudsperson will always be identified by name in the event's program book, along with their contact information. If needed, the Society will also help participants get in touch with convention center/hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, and otherwise assist those experiencing harassment, to enable them to feel safe for the duration of our events.