DEI Workshop

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Coastal Sector

Washington, DC | September 18, 2019

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we 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

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.

Download the workshop flyer »


September 18, 2019
9:00-4:00 p.m. EST
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

AGU Conference Center
2000 Florida Ave NW
Room 113
Washington, DC 20009


Registration is now open. Register here »

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

*Onsite registration accepted as space permits.

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.

RAE affiliate members receive a 10% discount on two registrations.

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 prior to the deadline. Registrations may be transferred prior to September 13; please contact Ticketbud Support at for assistance.

Travel & Logistics


Hyatt Place Arlington/Courthouse Plaza
(one block from Courthouse Metro; orange/silver lines)
2401 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

Attendees arriving from out of town can reserve a room the nights of September 17 & 18 at a discounted rate. Please register online prior to August 16 to receive the negotiated rate.

AGU is located a few blocks north of the Dupont Circle Metro (red line). The most convenient parking facility is at the Universal Building, accessible from two points: (1) Universal North, accessed from T Street, across from the Hilton Washington side entrance, and (2) Universal South, accessed from Florida Avenue, across from AGU’s front entrance.  

Please refer to this map for directions »


We are currently seeking additional sponsors to help ensure we can provide the most useful and impactful experience for attendees. To learn more about how your organization can support this vital effort, please review the sponsorship opportunities in our Sponsorship Brochure or contact Lance Speidell.

Thank you to our lead sponsor for their generous support of this workshop. 

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