REEF is committed to using our programs, platform, and voice to support foundational change in marine conservation. In 2020, we launched the Oceans for All initiative, which includes a a pooled scholarship fund dedicated to supporting the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in marine conservation, and to help communities and individuals cultivate connections with the marine environment, regardless of zip code.
This spring, you can join us in celebrating the voices and experiences of diverse people who are making an impact in marine conservation. Keep an eye on our social media to see highlights, and mark your calendars for “Science on the Spectrum: Exploring Neurodivergent Experiences in Science" on Thursday, March 16 at 8 pm Eastern Time. This virtual event will feature a panel of neurodivergent scientists coming together to discuss and share their professional journeys. On Wednesday, May 24, at 8 pm Eastern Time we'll host "Oceans for All: Diverse Experiences in Marine Conservation." This webinar, in its second year, will feature a panel of marine conservation professionals from equity-deserving groups, who will highlight career paths for aspiring young people and emerging leaders. Both programs aim to nurture a culture of belonging and inclusion for the next generation of ocean stewards.
Individuals, businesses, and foundations committed to investing in a more equitable future for marine conservation may donate to the Oceans for All Fund, which supports activities like:
• Educational sessions provided at no cost to participants, including Discovery Programs and Virtual Field Trips
• Programming for organizations and schools, engagement and learning opportunities from elementary to high school students
• REEF Marine Conservation Interns and Fellows receiving monthly stipends and free housing
To learn more, visit www.REEF.org/oceans-for-all.