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From the President, Andone Lavery

The Oceanography Society is committed to advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) in the ocean sciences. The TOS JEDI Committee was inaugurated in Fall 2020 with the goals of supporting the TOS community in these endeavors. While one of the most meaningful aspects of being a member of The Oceanography Society (TOS) is the opportunity to recognize and celebrate our colleagues’ accomplishments through the expanded TOS Honors program, I chose to postpone an entire cycle of the TOS Honors program due to lack of diverse participation in Fall 2021. To help us identify and remedy these concerns, the TOS JEDI committee has provided me with a broad set of recommendations, which I am sharing with the community and can be found here. I welcome an open dialogue and input from the community at large on these recommendations and you can reach me at [email protected]. The TOS Fellows program will be soliciting nominations in Fall 2022, and I invite you to provide feedback on the recommendations made by the JEDI committee to make the call for nominations more welcoming of diverse achievements. Based on the input from the community the call for nominations will likely be revised. Very importantly, for this program to be a success, I also encourage a broad effort in nominating and recognizing your colleagues for this program. Learn more about the TOS Fellows program here.

WEBINAR: Ocean Social Science and Policy in the Context of Academic Careers

This webinar, held on September 9, 2022, explored the interface of ocean science with social sciences and humanities in the Global South and North identifying common and contextual challenges and opportunities faced and ways forward. The event showcased regional debates and progress in Social Oceanography research, extension and education, and policy.

Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Ocean Sciences

In December 2023, The Oceanography Society (TOS) plans to publish a special issue of Oceanography on “Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Ocean Sciences.” We are seeking initial community interest in contributing articles to this special issue. For detailed information on the special issue topics and for preparing and submitting your letter of interest, please go to:

TOS Council Self-Nominations

In December, three Council members will complete their terms. We would like to thank Martin Visbeck (Past-President), Galen McKinley (Chemical Oceanography) and Larry Mayer (Applied Technology) for their contributions to TOS. We’re pleased to announce that a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Council Position has been added to the committee this year. Following our tradition of making these opportunities available to a wide number of TOS members, we invite members to submit self-nominations for consideration for inclusion on the ballot for the Council positions. Additionally, you are welcome to contact the TOS Executive Director or TOS President with questions.

TOS Representatives for OSM 2024

We invite TOS members to submit self-nominations for Vice-Chair, Early Career Representative, or Student Representative for the 2024 Ocean Sciences Meeting Planning Committee by September 30, 2022.

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