Ocean Currents 2/2/21

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From the DEI Committee

This is an update on the work of the School of Oceanography Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee. In early October we submitted an application to the AGU Bridge Program. Unfortunately our application wasn’t successful, but we feel we are now better poised to recruit, welcome, and support diverse students, postdocs, and staff into our community owing at least in some part to the conversations that occurred while writing the application. We will be submitting again in the next round.  

Mikelle and LuAnne, in collaboration with Kerry Naisch and Jose Guzman, recently submitted a proposal to NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Geosciences (IUSE:GEOPAths) to pilot and test the effectiveness of a place- and issue-based recruitment and bridge program to increase community college students’ interest in, and retention in, the geosciences. This is focused on recruiting these students to major in Oceanography at UW. We should know in late spring whether we are selected for funding.

At this week’s faculty meeting we will be presenting recommendations to improve the process by which we build relationships with young scientists even before we have identified the subject area of future faculty searches. This includes recommendations for specific steps that faculty and the department as a whole can take right now. Comments on the draft summary are welcome and can be directed to LuAnne Thompson at luanne@uw.edu

The URGE (Unlearning Racism in Geoscience) program recently kicked off in January. Although the program has already begun, there are several pods participating from the UW. If you are interested in joining, and many of the resources from their curriculum are freely available. The School of Oceanography Race Talk book group continues to facilitate discussions around DEI issues.

There is now a one-stop shop for DEI related activities on the School website. Keep an eye out here for further updates.  

LuAnne Thompson and the DEI Committee 

Afloat: Work/Life Balance

What gives you hope for the future of 2021? The new afloat challenge is Hoping Forward, a collection of our community's hopes for the future to be shared as another word cloud. Let us know what you are hopeful for, or looking forward to, by filling out the form on our website or DMing your information on our Instagram account. One random individual from all the entries will win a nifty little handmade wooden clock. It's gonna be super cute, so submit your entry today!

We will continue to highlight some of the personal accomplishments submitted by your fellow oceanographers. We need more submissions. A call will go out soon or you can email Michelle Townsend at mtown@uw.edu.  

Race Talk

If you want to join Race Talk this quarter, we'd love to have you! Our next meeting will be on February 8th at 11am. You can register at this link and you can sign up for a book to read this quarter that sounds interesting to you. Most of the groups set up a reading calendar so you should be able to jump right in. As a reminder, all of these books are available from the UW Library.

The February 8 meeting will focus on historical interactions between Indigenous people in what is now the United States and the United States government.

Need Help?

As we adjust to a difficult new normal, how to help ourselves and others can be unclear. Here’s a resource provided by the UW that may be of help: Working during COVID-19/Caring for self and family/Self care.

Per Governor Inslee's press conference, a list of new COVID restrictions can be found here
Ocean Currents is a weekly bulletin of news and upcoming events for the UW School of Oceanography. If you have news or stories to contribute, please contact Su Tipple.
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