Underrepresentation in the geosciences is stark and persists into the workforce due to the structural and systemic barriers that perpetuate existing inequities for groups historically excluded from these career pathways. Despite an upward trend in overall degrees granted over the last few decades, the ocean and coastal sciences continue to be one of the least diverse career fields. Ocean Science Trust is committed to supporting pathways for increasing diversity by strengthening access, inclusion, and belonging throughout academia and beyond, as well as empowering scientists to promote institutional and cultural change in the workforce.
Ocean Science Trust in partnership with the San Francisco State University Estuary & Ocean Science Center (EOS Center) and University of California, Davis Coastal & Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI) is leading a collaborative initiative to advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in California’s ocean and coastal sciences community. Through a series of Roundtable discussions, this initiative aims to identify barriers and challenges to advancing DEI,while exploring successful and replicable strategies to create sustainable change in the higher education system, career pathways, and throughout the broader ocean and coastal science workforce.
By cultivating dialogue across sectors, institutions, and organizations, we aim to produce actionable recommendations that accelerate the rapid uptake and implementation of effective strategies to build a more inclusive, equitable, and culturally relevant ocean and coastal science community in California.