About SOCS

Our Mission

The Skin of Color Society is a professional dermatologic organization established in 2004 by Susan C. Taylor, M.D. The society is dedicated to promoting awareness of and excellence within the special interest area of dermatology, skin of color. Individuals with skin of color are defined by the Society as those individuals of Asian, Hispanic/Latino, African, Native American, Pacific Island descent, and mixtures thereof.

Noble Purpose:
To advance skin of color dermatology to achieve health equity and excellence in patient care.

To promote awareness of and excellence within skin of color dermatology through research, education, mentorship and advocacy. We are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in the field of dermatology to advance patient care.

Core Values:

  • EQUITY: We ensure inclusivity and diversity to achieve health equities in patient care.
  • EXCELLENCE: We leverage our recognition and authority within dermatology, the house of medicine and the public as experts in skin of color dermatology.
  • MENTORSHIP: We value mentorship as a leadership development tool to foster a diverse workforce at all levels, developing and empowering future leaders in the field.
  • RESEARCH and INNOVATION: We lead research and innovation through our diverse array of advanced research activities, leveraging collaborations with domestic and international corporations and organizations.
  • EDUCATION: We educate the public, partners and colleagues in support of our mission and noble purpose.

It is through these efforts that individuals with skin of color will be best served by those within the field of dermatology.

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Did You Know

Skin of color patients comprise the majority in California, New Mexico and Texas…and soon will be the majority in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, New York and Florida.

By 2042, more than 50% of the US population will have skin of color.