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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility

North Carolina Sea Grant champions diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility (DEIJA). 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.

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 DEIJA values.

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

Our Strategic Goals

  1. Proactively recruit, retain, and prepare a diverse workforce that reflects diversity across all levels of our organizational structure.
  2. Engage and serve communities and partners that are representative of all North Carolinians.
  3. Strive to create and facilitate research opportunities that equitably fund underserved universities, faculty, and students.
  4. Fund research projects with real-world outcomes that benefit underserved communities.

We value DEIJA 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.


North Carolina Sea Grant is committed to the systematic removal of barriers to equitable opportunities and outcomes.


Our program is committed to making information and opportunities accessible to people of all backgrounds and abilities.

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

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