Expert Panel: Discussion on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in Marine Technology

Special Session (W2): Expert Panel: Discussion on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in Marine Technology

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 1330-1450

Location: Town & Country Ballroom A


Session Convener:  Zdenka Willis, MTS

Session Co-convener:  Kristina Norman and Josh Kohut, MTS


  1. Ben Cuker, Hampton University
  2. Lonnie Gonsalves, NOAA
  3. Abigail Hils, AAAS
  4. Brandon Jones NSF

Session Summary:

Through a special session at OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto, the Marine Technology Society (MTS) seeks to engage the marine technology community in a discussion of diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion. We at MTS are dedicated to manifesting a global society where every person feels they truly belong and are safe to be their authentic selves; and where every person is treated with dignity and respect. As a diverse and international society, MTS is committed to helping build and strengthen an inclusive environment. But to do so, we must meet the issues of racism and inequality head-on. This requires all of us to have conversations about racism, privilege, misogyny, power, and access – and then to have the courage to make changes that will help create an environment that ensures all people are valued for their inherent worth and treated with justice and dignity.

This Town Hall will discuss the policies and practices that organizations can implement to support a more diverse, equitable, just, and inclusive community. It will feature a panel of experts who will provide their unique perspectives of effective and needed practices that engage a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

Following the panel presentations, the attendees and panelists will be organized into small groups of 8-10 people. The groups will explore ways in which the policies and practices discussed during the panel with prompting questions will steer the discussion toward specific action individuals can take.  The group leaders will assemble comments and ideas for presentation at the close of the Town Hall.