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Coastal, Ocean, and Marine Enterprise Inclusion and Network-building
You Belong Here.
The Coastal, Ocean, and Marine Enterprise Inclusion and Network-building (COME IN) project focuses on developing a national “ecosystem” that nurtures the growth, persistence, and success of diverse students in the coastal, ocean, and marine (COM) science enterprise (broadly includes, natural or social sciences, engineering and design, policy and legal analysis, planning, architecture, education, etc.).
The project includes a series of facilitated virtual and in-person engagement opportunities that will bring together scientists, stakeholders, and partners from various COM science fields to understand the dynamic needs of students from historically marginalized and excluded (HME) communities. Our goals is to establish a collaborative infrastructure that is required to enhance and expand internship programs for HME based on Sea Grant’s Community-Engaged Internship (CEI) program, and estimate resource needs to successfully form new and expanded frameworks that will ensure the persistence and success of students in the COM science workforce.
“What excites me most about being a part of this project is being involved in an effort to help clearly identify the barriers that must be dismantled and provide some concrete solutions to make the field one that attracts and retains students and professionals, which reflect the demographics of our nation and those that predominantly inhabit coastal regions.”
CERF Broadening Participation Council
and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency