Our Vision

North Carolina Sea Grant champions the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In order to expand, innovate, and maximize our program’s effectiveness, we recognize we must embed these values in our organizational expectations and daily operations.

In addition, as North Carolina’s population continues to grow and diversify, our program’s relevance in the state increasingly will rely on how well we embody diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We also recognize that societal barriers and challenges mean that we must initiate intentional measures if we hope to fully realize diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our programmatic portfolio.

Our program will continue to strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion by:

  1. proactively recruiting, retaining and preparing a diverse workforce that reflects diversity across all levels of our organizational structure;
  2. engaging and serving communities and stakeholders that are representative of the broader populations where our programs operate;
  3. creating and facilitating research opportunities that a) equitably fund under-targeted and underserved universities, faculty and students, and b) foster research with real-world outcomes that benefit underserved communities.

We value diversity, equity, and inclusion in many forms:

Our program celebrates people of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status types, income, and socioeconomic status types. We remain committed to increasing the diversity of our grantees, our program’s workforce, and the workforce of the communities we serve. Additionally, we recognize our responsibility to increase the training and development of workforces in under-represented communities.

Our program remains committed to equal opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities. We welcome participation and leadership from all people from all communities, including those that have been traditionally underserved or under-resourced. We challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination, and we strive to build awareness and capacities that foster equitable outcomes.

Our program is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs by and for people of all backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking and learning. We strive to cultivate belonging, co-creation, and active participation among our team, partners, and communities. We believe in a flexible and adaptive approach to funding that can bring a diverse set of voices and experiences to the table. Accordingly, we recognize our unique position and responsibility to strengthen the STEAM pipeline to college and professional life for students of all backgrounds and abilities.

We expect that implementing a vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion in these and other ways will be an ongoing and evolving process, one which our program will support and prioritize.

Access North Carolina Sea Grant’s fellowships and other funding opportunities.

Read Coastwatch magazine’s Breaking Systemic Barriers: Being Black in the Aquatic Sciences and Related Fields

Recent fellows and grantees in the news:

Olivia Vilá looks at flood risk and recognition of the Latino and Latina community.

Yener Ulus studies rising seas and toxic mercury levels.

Melinda Martinez and Emily Ury investigate coastal ghost forests.

Austin Gray explores the environmental implications of antibiotics pollution.

David Shane Lowry explains how researchers and Robeson County residents have united on Project BRIDGE.

Alireza Gharagozlou uses a new model to predict storm impacts.

Jasmine Hayes looks at how vulnerable communities respond to flooding.

See also:

The National Sea Grant Program’s visioning statement for diversity, equity, and inclusion.



lead photo by Christy Perrin