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. We are committed to supporting pathways for increasing diversity, access, inclusion, and belonging in science leadership in academia and beyond, as well as empowering scientists to promote institutional and cultural change.
Ocean Science Trust is partnering with the San Francisco State University Estuary & Ocean Science Center (EOS Center) and University of California, Davis Coastal & Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI) to understand successes and shortcomings in the design and uptake of programs to improve inclusion, equity, and diversity in the coastal and ocean sciences in California’s universities.
These roundtable discussions will explore and elevate ‘bright spots’ or common denominators of institutional advancement in improving inclusion, equity, and diversity and approaches to breaking down recognized barriers. By cultivating dialogue, this project aims to produce actionable recommendations and accelerate implementation of effective initiatives across the ocean science communities in California.