ROOM: RSCC, A8
Sponsored by the AFS Equal Opportunities Section
Promoting “ethnic, socio-economic, generational, and disciplinary diversity” within the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is identified as a key strategy in the 2015-2019 AFS work plan. As the world’s oldest and largest fisheries organization, AFS has struggled with diversity and inclusion among its membership and is actively seeking ways to improve the “disciplinary, gender, ethnic, and cultural diversity” of its members. As a first step, it is crucial to recognize and understand why this lack of diversity among the AFS membership exists in the first place. The Equal Opportunities Section of AFS (EOS) is hosting a series of workshop series to identify, understand, and create tools to address this challenge. During the past two years, EOS has hosted a workshop at the annual meeting addressing unintentional bias (2017) and personal safety and security (2018) within the fisheries profession. In response to the lessons learned and topics raised by attendees during these workshops, EOS will be hosting a discussion on how to engage diverse communities within the Fisheries Profession during the 2019 Annual Meeting. Understandably, tackling issues related to gender, race, age, culture, sexual orientation, and safety concerns can be uncomfortable conversations to navigate and tend to be avoided. However, for AFS to meaningfully address this issue, these are the uncomfortable conversations that we need to have.
The goals of this workshop are to:
· Identify scenarios were fisheries professionals would need to be aware and prepare to successfully engage with/and diverse communities.
· Share resources, tools, and Best Practices.
· Communicate workshop feedback and provide recommendations to AFS Leadership on addressing the need for effective strategies engage diverse communities.
Supported by: AFS Equal Opportunities Section