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Claude Rector

Advancing Inclusion: A Comprehensive Exploration

Volume 38 Number 1 | February 2024 Claude Rector, MA, MLS(ASCP), ASCLS President Inclusion is a multifaceted concept that encapsulates the idea of creating environments where all individuals—regardless of their background, abilities, or characteristics—feel valued and respected. Over the years, the concept of inclusion has evolved from a focus on specific groups, such as individuals…

Christen Diel and Ryan Tom

Diversity as a Core Value of ASCLS

Volume 38 Number 1 | February 2024 Christen Diel, MS-CLS, MLS(ASCP), ASCLS Diversity Advocacy Council Councilor-at-Large Ryan J. Tom, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Diversity Advocacy Council Chair One of the five core values of ASCLS includes promoting diversity to support the delivery of quality laboratory services through equity, inclusion, and belonging. These values are critical for…

Sara Taylor and Patricia Marterer

Neurodiversity in the Clinical Laboratory Setting

Volume 38 Number 1 | February 2024 Sara A. Taylor, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CMMBCM, ASCLS Diversity Advocacy Council Councilor-at-Large Patricia Marterer, PhD The terms learning disability and difficulty/disorder are similar, and they are often mistakenly used interchangeably. Learning disabilities refers to specific neurological conditions that affect an individual’s ability to learn. Thus, learning disabilities are often associated…

Joshua Pulido

DEIB are Key to Delivering Quality Laboratory Service

Volume 38 Number 1 | February 2024 Joshua Pulido, MHA, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Board of Directors Emerging from the pandemic, there have been significant changes in the overall workforce. While laboratory workforce shortages have been a top-of-mind concern for many years, all areas of healthcare are now impacted.1 Aiding to the ever-growing laboratory workforce shortage, the…

Victoria Roop

Let’s Build upon our Differences

Volume 38 Number 1 | February 2024 Victoria Roop, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Today Volunteer Contributor Diversity can mean so many things for so many people. So where do we start? First, let’s dig into the definition. According to the Oxford English Language Dictionary, diversity means, “The state of being diverse, variety.” And “The practice or quality…