Diversity at the Marine Lab
Marine Science and Conservation, 2015 Dean’s Award Winner
Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education
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Challenges. Marine science and conservation challenges in the next century will require global perspective and local engagement. That is, the issues we face in the ocean are not limited to any one country, culture, ethnicity, religion, community, political ideology, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic background.
Leadership. As leaders and trainers of leaders in marine science and in work to discover solutions to environmental challenges, we must be inclusive if we are to succeed. We must find voices to speak and lead in marine science across this diversity of humankind, and we want these voices to join us at the Marine Laboratory.
Invitation to Study. All students in good standing from US and international universities and post-baccalaureate students are welcome to enroll in our academic courses for a semester or summer session. In our 2014 Summer Term II, our international community included representatives from more than 22 countries. Throughout the academic year we welcome speakers, students, and researchers from all over the world and from every kind of background.
Opportunity. The Marine Laboratory community strives to be inclusive in its faculty, staff, and student composition and is proactive in developing opportunities and programs that promote diverse ways of learning and knowing. These actions run through our faculty and staff development efforts, our recruiting for undergraduate and graduate student programs, our professional development activities, and special programs like:
- Marine Conservation Summer Institute
- NSF-supported Research Experiences for Undergraduates
- Undergraduate Scholarships in Marine Science
- Ocean Filmmaking Camp (led by Ph.D. student Maria de Oca)
- Summer Tuition Scholarships
Commitment. The administrative leadership of the Marine Laboratory and members of the Pivers Island community work together to identify further ways to build inclusiveness and diversity. We have the resources and the will – the desire – to ensure we do the most we can and we will act on every idea or need that comes to us.