UNOLS call for Nominations – Maintaining an Environment of Respect Aboard Ships (MERAS) Committee

The UNOLS Maintaining an Environment of Respect Aboard Ships (MERAS) committee is seeking nominations to fill two membership vacancies.

The MERAS committee is the newest UNOLS standing committee that works to facilitate an environment of respect onboard the Academic Research Fleet (ARF) and to cultivate and preserve a culture of inclusion, regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion, nationality, or socio-economic background.  The committee provides recommendations to the UNOLS community regarding resources and practices to identify and overcome related workplace barriers in the ARF and assists the UNOLS Council, funding agencies, and the ARF operators in formulation of new policies as needed. 

For additional information about MERAS, visit the MERAS Committee website.  For information about committee responsibilities contact the MERAS Chair, Mark Brzezinski/UCSB or Alice Doyle/UNOLS office

Terms of office are three years, with the possibility of re-appointment for a second term.  The MERAS has online meetings every 3-6 months with the potential for an in-person meeting once per year.  Applicants or nominees should submit a brief statement of interest in serving on MERAS along with a CV to Alice Doyle/UNOLS office by email by February 19, 2020.   The statement of interest should highlight the nominee’s interest in the MERAS committee as well as how the nominee’s efforts, service and/or scholarship have supported the introduction of ocean sciences to underrepresented communities and have fostered an environment of respect which enables all individuals to excel;  applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further the UNOLS’ commitment to diversity. 

Committee members are appointed by the UNOLS Chair based on the recommendation of the MERAS committee and with the concurrence of the UNOLS Council.

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