Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In the Coastal Fisheries Ecology (CFE) Lab, we strive to foster an inclusive environment where all members of the lab are able to bring their authentic selves into their work. Diversity strengthens and enriches our community of learning and we welcome people of all backgrounds and identities, including race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, age, faith/religion, sexual orientation, familial status, ability, and socioeconomic background. We recognize that diversity extends beyond these categories; though these may be important attributes of our identities, who we are is multifaceted and complex. A diversity of voices, perspectives, and thought is critical to the work we do as researchers because it allows us to understand and solve problems in innovative ways. We strive to build an inclusive team, recognize that individuals face different obstacles to achieve the same goals, and address inequities to the best of our abilities.

We work to support and increase diversity, equity, and inclusion1,2 in the following ways:
  • We affirm and support each other and give credit where it’s due by recognizing the origin of good ideas.
  • We attempt to identify our own implicit biases3 to diminish their impact on our personal and professional lives.
  • We aim to recognize our own privilege4 to increase self-awareness about our societal advantages and to counteract resulting power imbalances whenever possible.
  • We advocate for one another, strive to minimize systemic injustices, and actively seek out opportunities for underrepresented minorities in fisheries5.
  • We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind.

This statement was created collaboratively in Feb-Mar 2019 by all members of the CFE Lab to reflect our core values regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion and to guide our actions. It is intended to be a living statement that can be updated over time. Prospective students and collaborators are welcome to contact any team members with questions about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the lab.


1 Asai D. 2019. To learn inclusion skills, make it personal. Nature 565: 537. Link to full text.
2 Puritty C, et al. 2017. Without inclusion, diversity initiatives may not be enough. Science 357(6356): 1101-1102. Link to full text.
3 Project Implicit. This site includes tools to help identify our own implicit biases.
4 Ebitt, K. 27 February 2015. Why it’s important to think about privilege – and why it’s hard. Link to full text.
5 Arismendi I, Penaluna BE. 2016. Examining diversity inequities in fisheries science: A call to action. BioScience 66: 584–591. Link to full text.

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