As coast and ocean science researchers, practitioners, and advisors to California, we acknowledge that credible and legitimate science advice and effective solutions can only come from a science community and workforce that is reflective of California’s diversity. Underrepresentation due to the historical exclusion and marginalization of racial and ethnic minorities in STEM is stark and persists into the workforce. Despite an upward trend in overall degrees granted over the last few decades, the ocean sciences continues to be one of the least diverse STEM fields. California needs diverse ocean leaders.
Ocean Science Trust is forming a new partnership with the San Francisco State University Estuary & Ocean Science Center (EOS Center) and University of California, Davis Coastal & Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI) to further understand successes and identify continued needs in the design and uptake of programs and initiatives to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the coastal and ocean sciences in California’s universities. Supporting graduate education to strengthen the links between ocean science and management is a core element of each of our missions and mandates. Today, effectively executing this mission demands an understanding and focus on justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in coastal and marine science education.
This project will identify, explore, and elevate ‘bright spots’ or common denominators of institutional advancement in improving justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We aim to cultivate dialogue between non-traditional collaborators to produce actionable recommendations and catalyze the communication and implementation of new initiatives across the ocean science communities in California.