CERF is dedicated to broadening participation in coastal and estuarine science and management. As part of the Rising TIDES (Toward an Inclusive, Diverse, and Enriched Society) program, the Broadening Participation Council has developed a comprehensive plan to promote an inclusive culture and opportunities for underrepresented and underserved minorities in coastal and estuarine science at all career stages.
The plan is based upon input received from CERF members and attendees during facilitated workshops and guided discussions at the 2017 CERF conference.
The plan is focused on three categories:
- Building representational diversity, or the proportional representation of underrepresented minorities within CERF membership, activities, and disciplines
- Committing to structural diversity, or the incorporation of diversity into leadership, policies, and practices
- Fostering interactional diversity, or opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and life experiences to interact in meaningful ways