ED43A:
Changing the Culture: Preparing a Diverse and Inclusive Ocean Sciences Workforce II Panel

Session ID#: 92733

Session Description:
Broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is recognized as critical to the science and engineering enterprise; diversity being an important driver of discovery and innovation. In the ocean sciences, the percentage of Underrepresented Minority (URM) degree attainment has not increased, despite increased URM degree attainment in other STEM fields. This panel session invites brief presentations and in-depth discussion that focus on broadening participation strategies that are currently being used to increase recruitment and retention of URMs in ocean sciences as well as discussion of strategies that are needed to change the culture for improved recruitment and retention.  Discussion of strategies to mitigate harassment, discriminatory practices, subconscious bias, structural and cultural biases or other barriers to inclusion are welcome. The goals of this session are to highlight work that focuses on: 1) addressing short- and long-term impacts of toxic work/learning environments in ocean sciences, 2) enhancing recruitment and retention of URMs in ocean sciences, 3) improving the work climate with a goal of preparing a diverse and inclusive ocean sciences workforce (allyship); and 4) exploring ways in which the ocean sciences can support and advance environmental justice. We anticipate a 2-part panel, each featuring brief presentations by panelists, followed by 30 minutes of discussion and Q&A with the audience. We encourage active participation and thoughtful discourse.
Co-Sponsor(s):
  • SI - Social-Ocean Science Interactions and SDGs
Index Terms:

0810 Post-secondary education [EDUCATION]
0855 Diversity [EDUCATION]
6319 Institutions [POLICY SCIENCES & PUBLIC ISSUES]
6630 Workforce [POLICY SCIENCES & PUBLIC ISSUES]
Primary Chair:  Sarah E Kolesar, Oregon Sea Grant, Corvallis, OR, United States
Co-chairs:  Lisa D White, University of California Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, CA, United States, Corey Garza, California State University Monterey Bay, Marine Science, Seaside, CA, United States and Brandon Jones, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Geosciences, Arlington, VA, United States
Primary Liaison:  Sarah E Kolesar, Oregon Sea Grant, Corvallis, OR, United States
Moderators:  Lisa D White, University of California Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, CA, United States, Brandon Jones, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Geosciences, Arlington, VA, United States, Sharon K Cooper, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States and Sarah E Kolesar, Oregon Sea Grant, Corvallis, OR, United States
Student Paper Review Liaison:  Sarah E Kolesar, Oregon Sea Grant, Corvallis, OR, United States

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

The Power of Educating the Whole Student: Student Success Practices that Support Emerging Ocean Scientists in an Era of Change (648796)
Laura H Good, California State University, Monterey Bay, College of Science, Seaside, CA, United States and Corey Garza, California State University Monterey Bay, Marine Science, Seaside, CA, United States
Culturally Inclusive Research Internships in Ocean Sciences (654960)
Melissa Peacock1, Rachel J Arnold1, Sylvie Arques2, John Rombold3 and Sherry L. Palacios4, (1)Northwest Indian College, Salish Sea Research Center, Bellingham, WA, United States, (2)Northwest Indian College, Native Environmental Science, Bellingham, WA, United States, (3)Northwest Indian College, Native Environmental Sciences, Bellingham, WA, United States, (4)NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States
Developing support structures inside and outside academia for students in the ocean sciences. (656921)
Corey Garza, California State University Monterey Bay, Marine Science, Seaside, CA, United States and Laura H Good, California State University, Monterey Bay, College of Science, Seaside, CA, United States
STEMSEAS: An Inclusive, High-Impact Model for Undergraduates to Discover Their Futures by Going to Sea (657141)
Jonathan C Lewis, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Main Campus, Geoscience, Indiana, PA, United States and Sharon K Cooper, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States
Creating Spaces to Unpack Diversity in Physical Sciences: The CEOAS of a Professional Learning Community (649633)
Alejandra Sanchez-Rios1, Melissa McCracken2, Melva Treviño-Peña3, Jane Waite4, Adrienne Chan5, Thi B Truong6, Jennifer Ann Tatoi Kealohalani Wong-Ala2 and Christopher Liam Cosgrove7, (1)IONTU Institute of Oceanography National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, (2)Oregon State University, CEOAS, Corvallis, United States, (3)University of Rhode Island, Department of marine affairs, Narragansett, United States, (4)Oregon State University, Corvallis, United States, (5)Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Corvallis, OR, United States, (6)Oregon State University, CEOAS, Corvallis, OR, United States, (7)Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States
Reconstructing an Oceanographic Campus: Insights on Scripps’ Journey to a More Inclusive Culture (658017)
Alyssa Jean Griffin, Osinachi Ajoku and Keiara Auzenne, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States
Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention (MPOWIR): lessons from a decade of mentoring for improving retention of under-represented groups in oceanography. (643395)
Sonya Legg1, Colleen B Mouw2 and Sarah Clem2, (1)Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States, (2)University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI, United States
The AMS Early Career Leadership Academy (643798)
Mona Behl, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, United States