Currently, I serve on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee for the School of Oceanography. Our committee recognizes that black, indigenous, and people of color are poorly represented in academia and STEM fields, including oceanography. Our committee is trying to improve the recruitment, retention, and support of people of color in oceanography, increase the transparency in decision-making and communication within our school, and begin to tackle systematic changes to improve DEI in our department. There is a lot of work to be done!
I am currently the co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee for the School of Oceanography. Our committee is actively working on improving the recruitment and retention of black, indigenous, and people of color in our school. Our main areas of focus are on revising the admission criteria for graduate admissions, creating a handbook for faculty hiring, and creating a supportive environment for our students, faculty and staff.
I have been working for the past 10 years on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the College of the Environment and the School of Oceanography. I currently serve as the Communications Manager for the school's diversity, equity, and inclusion committee. We currently face a lack of representation from black, indigenous and other groups of color within the School of Oceanography. I have been working to improve the transparency of the decision making processes within the school as well as working towards the recruitment of highly skilled underrepresented scientists to our community.