Special Events

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Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)

JEDI is an important topic in the scientific community.  Several workshop opportunities are available during OSM 2022.

Establishing a Space for Women of Color in Ocean Sciences Virtual Workshop

Women of Color (WOC) are statistically more likely to experience microaggressions, disrespect, mansplaining, white fragility, and cultural misappropriation in the workplace. Compared to their male counterparts, WOC are 45% more likely to leave STEM jobs. Recently, diversity and inclusion efforts have infiltrated the STEM community leading to the formation of trainings that address biases and are usually deemed mandatory. These trainings, though, are disproportionately taught by cisgendered white men and lack true understanding of the social oppression experienced by WOC, causing attendees to leave disheartened and without results. This virtual WOCshopTM (workshops developed and conducted by WOC) aims to combat these issues by providing solutions-oriented hands-on training. This workshop includes participation in both dynamic groups and individual exercises, and learn how to create inclusive and equitable workplaces that welcome diverse perspectives for the future of ocean sciences. Participants of this WOCshopTM will leave with tools in hand to become effective active bystanders empowered to establish A WOC Space at their respective workplace. This WOCshopTM is for EVERYONE that would like to increase the quality of experiences and the presence of WOC in ocean sciences!  One session will be offered on Wednesday, 2 March.  Registration is limited and a fee is required.

Speaking Up: How Bystanders Can Change the Conversation in STEM

Ever wondered “Why didn’t I say something?” after witnessing bias? Deciding whether and how to respond to bias is complicated. Attendees will learn about what motivates people to speak up, the challenges faced when doing so, and strategies for effective responding. PowerPlay Interactive Development’s team of improvisational actors will provide scenarios for discussion and practice intervention. This workshop is sponsored by a grant from the Sloan Foundation to support evaluation of bystander intervention workshops. Registrants for this workshop are expected to complete online survey materials before and after participation.  Two sessions will be offered – Monday, 28 February, and Monday, 1 March.  Please indicate interest by checking the appropriate box when registering.

Presenter/Co-Facilitator: Stephanie A. Goodwin, Ph.D., President, Incluxion Works, Inc.

Co-Facilitator: David Kaye, M.F.A., Founder/Artistic Director, PowerPlay Interactive Development, University of New Hampshire

Pacific Islander Networking Event

Date and Time: Monday, February 28th, 8:30–9:30 pm Eastern Standard Time, 3:30 pm HST (March 1st at 11:30 am ChST)
Registration link: https://forms.gle/c1eL4hpZWpqwTTGR8

We are pleased to announce the OSM 2022 Pacific Islander Networking Event. The goal of this event is to facilitate professional connections between established career scientists and marginalized early career scientists. We invite undergraduate and post-baccalaureate attendees who identify as Native Hawaiian and/or Pacific Islander to register for this event which will be held Monday, February 28th 3:30 HST/5:30 PST/8:30 PM EST (11:30 AM Tuesday, March 1st ChST).

Registrants will be asked to 1) submit career and/or research topics they would like to discuss as well as 2) identify potential senior scientists with whom they would like an opportunity to network. Additionally, registrants will have an opportunity to briefly introduce themselves and their interests at the beginning of the event. Following this, there will be ample time for networking and conversing between all of the attendees.

For more information contact OSMlunchPI@gmail.com

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