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USF College of Marine Science


USF CMS kicked off the 2017 New Year, with Diversity Workshop

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USF CMS kicked off the New Year, with diversity workshop hosted by USF St. Pete campus Office of Multicultural Affairs, Wendy Yu and Javier Gonzales. The workshop gave an overview of the ten most salient identities: ability, age, ethnicity, race, national origin, faith, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and socio economic status. We learned how each generates multiple sources of privilege and oppression for people.

We also acquired language to explore our own salient identities. Finally, we explored how individuals’ multiple identities intersect to create a whole that is different from the component identities (i.e. Intersectionality). This workshop is step toward providing a more inclusive environment at CMS and it has made CMS more resilient.

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Our blue planet faces a suite of challenges and opportunities for understanding and innovation. Our mission is to advance understanding of the interconnectivity of ocean systems and human-ocean interactions using a cross-disciplinary approach, to empower the next workforce of the blue economy with a world-class education experience, and to share our passion for a healthy environment and science-informed decision-making with community audiences near and far.