Minorities in Shark Science (MISS)
Minorities in Shark Science (MISS) is a group of Black female shark researchers collaborating with the Field School Foundation to promote diversity and inclusion in shark science and encourage women of color to push through barriers and contribute knowledge in marine science.
Founded and overseen by Jasmin Graham (Mote Marine Lab), Carlee Jackson (Nova Southeastern University), Jaida Elcock (University of Washington), and Field School's Amani Webber-Schultz, this amazing initiative provides role models and mentorship for the next generation, in a discipline which has been largely inaccessible for women of color. They aim to topple the system that has historically excluded women like them and create an equitable path to shark science.
As part of this initiative, MISS is hosting workshops in collaboration with Field School and the Field School Foundation aboard the R/V Garvin. During this workshop, participants will get hands-on field experience doing shark research. They will learn field research techniques aboard a research vessel and participate in a series of personal development conversations and other activities to build community. The women of MISS will serve as a continued resource and support system long after the workshop has ended. Fundraising for this program will cover travel costs associated with the workshops to make them accessible to all participants.
Learn more and apply to participate here.