On behalf of the VESS executive council and Women and Diversity Committee we would like to express our thoughts during these troubling and tumultuous times. Not only has our Society, profession and community been struggling from a biologic insult, but we are deeply troubled and shaken by the recent tragic examples of blatant racism. We want to actively acknowledge and reject such acts of inequality and institutional racism. We stand by the black community, our black colleagues, patients, and trainees in solidarity. We stand by the Asian-American community, our AAPI colleagues, patients, and trainees in solidarity. We fundamentally believe that all people, regardless of race are entitled to dignity, justice and equal treatment. Yet we know and must not accept that this is not the current reality.
The number one objective of the current VESS bylaws is the following: To provide a diverse and inclusive forum for the young vascular surgeon. In this moment of grief, VESS stands together with our colleagues committed to the fair, and universal care of our patients and ourselves. We can and will do more, however, and would appreciate your input, as members, on actionable ways to improve our practices.