Diversity & Inclusion By Ocean Blue Project
Diversity and inclusion are essential to the operations of Ocean Blue Project. We must first define diversity and inclusion in order to achieve the basic functions of any just and equitable organization:
Diversity means “the quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level, including but not limited to age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; language differences; nationality; parental status; physical, mental and developmental abilities; race; religion; sexual orientation; skin color; socio-economic status; work and behavioral styles; the perspectives of each individual shaped by their nation, experiences and culture—and more. Each person is unique based on one, any, or all of these factors.”
Inclusion means, “a strategy for leveraging diversity. Diversity always exists in social systems, while inclusion must be created. In order to leverage diversity, a work climate must be developed where people feel supported, listened to, and are able to do their personal best.”
The Ocean Blue Project board opens recruitment to passionate individuals from underrepresented groups and is transparent about the always evolving process we carry for being as inclusive as possible. We highly value diversity, equity, and inclusivity because we believe that we are all connected through One World Ocean and its many tributaries.
Ocean Blue board members reflect upon how our own identities influence our perspectives and we strive to listen to the voices of all those in low income, underserved, and marginalized populations within every community. A portion of time is allotted during board meetings to discuss topics of diversity and inclusion and we encourage people from all communities, not only those from where we are currently making direct impact, to let their voices be heard.
We also strive to be the voice for those who can not speak. The waterways, the world’s ocean that connect all people, the plants and creatures of all corners of the Earth who depend on the water for health and survival have voices that need to be heard, and it is our duty as stewards to include them in our conversations.