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Harmonizing with my Roots

November 20, 2020

Melissa Watkinson reflects on her Indigenous heritage and her new role at Washington Sea Grant

By Melissa Watkinson, Equity, Access and Community Engagement Lead

Heartbeats thump to the rhythm of the collective drum that echoes throughout downtown Seattle. Voices call, respond, and sing in unison. Tired feet lift up, taking long strides that are motivated by the need to move to the erupting sounds that rise along the winding concrete. Words roaring from our bellies, harmonizing with the ...

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UW Graduate Selected as New WSG Keystone Fellow

October 13, 2020

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is excited to announce that University of Washington graduate Andres Sheikh has been selected as the 2020–2021 WSG Keystone Fellow. Through the fellowship, he will spend the year working at the Puget Sound Partnership. He started his position earlier this month.

Launched last year, the WSG Keystone Fellowship seeks to build pathways into marine science, policy and related industry careers for individuals who are historically underrepresented in those fields. This paid fellowship offers a unique ...

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Building an Antidote to “Helicopter Research”

September 15, 2020

A Washington Sea Grant intern shares lessons from his summer here, and how he’s passing those lessons on through the Community Engagement Toolkit

By William Walker, Doris Duke Conservation Scholar

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has been a leader in marine research, outreach and education for over 50 years. More recently, WSG has recognized the urgency of intersectionality in our conservation initiatives and has been thinking about how we make communities the ...

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Statement of Solidarity from WSG Staff

June 8, 2020 

The killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, Ahmaud Arbery, Charleena Lyles, and countless others has left the nation reeling as it confronts the continuing brutality of racism in America. We are writing this to stand with the Black community during these painful times.

At Washington Sea Grant (WSG) we are having robust conversations on how to best use our platform and our voice. We acknowledge that as an organization, we have much work to ...

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Washington Sea Grant: Terms and Definitions, Values and Roadmap Goals

From the spring 2020 Sea Star print newsletter

Terms and Definitions

Diversity: Demographic representation and appreciation of individual, social, economic, and cultural differences. WSG embraces individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, cultures, religions, citizenship statuses, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status, income, and socioeconomic statuses.

Equity: A state, quality, or ideal of being fair and just. WSG is committed to fair and just opportunities for all persons. WSG works to challenge and respond ...

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Making Adventure Accessible

Sea Wolf Adventures takes passengers with disabilities to the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful places

From the spring 2020 Sea Star print newsletter

Kimber Owen, owner of Sea Wolf Adventures, has an exceptional memory for the people that she’s taken on her 12-passenger cruise ship, which frequents Pacific Northwest jewels such as the San Juan Islands and Glacier Bay National Park. There was the police officer who wanted to propose to his girlfriend but, fearing he ...

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New Washington Sea Grant Fellowship Promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Marine Careers—Inaugural Fellow Selected

September 16, 2019

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is excited to announce the launch of our new Keystone Fellowship Program. The Washington Sea Grant Keystone Fellowship seeks to build pathways into marine science, policy and related industry careers for individuals who are historically underrepresented in those fields. This paid fellowship offers a unique educational opportunity by matching highly motivated and qualified individuals with host offices throughout Washington State. The Fellowship offers first-hand experience working on projects that help WSG better understand, conserve ...

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A New Symposium to Work Towards Equity and Justice in Environmental Fields

August 22, 2019

The Salish Sea Equity and Justice Symposium, to be held November 14-15, 2019, aims to center historically marginalized and underrepresented voices while creating space for ongoing dialogues.

Addressing inequity and working toward environmental justice is essential to a successful environmental movement. Although professionals in this field are aware and concerned about issues related to Diversity, ...

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