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Enhancing DEI in the Coastal Sector

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

AGU Conference Center

2000 Florida Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20009


The “Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Coastal Sector” Workshop is sold out of individual seats.

We have started a waitlist for potential participants. While we cannot guarantee Workshop attendance to anyone on the waitlist, we will notify individuals on a first-come, first-served basis should a seat become available. For information on joining the waitlist, please contact Nicole Breslin-Romano.

Additionally, a small number of seats reserved for event sponsors remain available. For information on sponsoring the DEI workshop, please contact Lance Speidell


Workshop Description

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, RAE will be hosting an interactive workshop in the nation’s capital during National Estuaries Week 2019 focused on DEI in the coastal sector. Facilitated by the nationally-recognized consulting organization Avarna Group, and made possible through a grant by the National Science Foundation, this event will focus on adding a DEI lens to recruitment and hiring in the coastal community.

Facilitators will guide participants – through group discussion, collaborative activities, and best practice studies – in viewing bias through three lenses:

  1. Individual bias that manifests in our personal thoughts and interactions
  2. Institutional bias that pervades agency and organizational practices and policies – especially those in recruitment and hiring
  3. Bias that impacts the entire environmental sector based on the history and legacy of conservation and environmentalism

Workshop attendees will have an opportunity to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of bias in the coastal conservation, restoration, and management industry
  • Learn strategies for identifying and combating bias during recruitment, hiring, and promotion processes
  • Acquire actionable tools to engage in and promote DEI efforts within their own organizations

Who Should Attend The Workshop?

RAE encourages anyone from the coastal sector to attend, including recruiters, hiring managers, human resource practitioners, and supervisors interested in the advancement of traditionally underrepresented individuals. A special focus will be placed on issues, and subsequent solutions, within coastal research and conservation institutions.

Registration Details

  • Early bird (ends Aug. 2): $40
  • Full/onsite* registration (ends Sept. 13): $50

*Onsite registrations will be accepted as space permits; however, we recommend you register early to guarantee your spot!

Needs-based financial assistance is available to individuals and organizations who would otherwise be unable to attend this event; please contact Nicole Breslin-Romano for more information.

Refunds & Transfers: Registration refunds will be honored, less a $10 administrative fee, if requested in writing before August 15. All requests must be sent to nbreslin.romano@estuaries.org prior to the deadline. Registrations may be transferred prior to September 13; please contact Ticketbud Support acs@ticketbud.com for assistance.

Travel Information


A room block has been reserved at the Hyatt Place Arlington/Courthouse Plaza for workshop attendees. The hotel is conveniently located one block from Courthouse Metro (Orange & Silver Lines), and World of Hyatt members enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning of their stay. Please register online by August 16, 2019 to receive the negotiated room rate. Rates valid September 17 and September 18, 2019.

Local Transportation

AGU and RAE strongly encourage the use of public transportation, car sharing & carpooling services. The AGU Conference Center is located just several blocks north of the Dupont Circle Metro (Red Line). Plan your trip online using the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Trip Planner!


The most convenient parking facility is at the Universal Building, accessible from Universal North (enter at T Street, across from the Hilton Washington side entrance) and Universal South, (enter at Florida Avenue, across from AGU’s front entrance).  

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