Black Lives Matter

June 10, 2020

I support the Black Lives Matter movement, and stand in solidarity with all Black humans fighting to make their voices heard against violence. I especially offer my support to all Black students at UCSB, already struggling with the isolation and uncertainty caused by CoViD.

I became a scientist to figure out how the ocean works. I did not become a scientist to pursue social justice. But my position as a scientist, educator, and mentor means I am in a position to either perpetuate harm, or actively work against it. I cannot ignore this responsibility anymore.

I am taking the following small, but specific actions to re-affirm this commitment:

1. I maintain written expectations for myself, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers in my group. I will make "Contribute to an environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion" the #1 expectation for all of us.

2. I am revising my policy on undergraduate researchers to allow and encourage participation from first and second year students, knowing that by the third or fourth year of college many BIPOC students have already decided they "don't belong" in science.

3. I will insist on better representation for Black/POC scientists in departmental seminars.

4. I will not stay silent in faculty search committees on diversity and inclusion issues.

5. I will continue to better educate myself about anti-Racism, and ensure that members of my research group have access to the resources they need to educate themselves.


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