Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC)

Mission and Background:
Our committee’s mission is to foster a professional community where everyone feels welcome, respected, and supported. We advocate for policies and procedures that promote diversity and inclusion in fisheries science and resource management. We also strive to remove systemic barriers to participation and serve as a resource to help recruit and retain individuals from underrepresented groups. We are always looking for suggestions about how to improve one’s sense of belonging in our professional society, so please reach out at any time! It will take commitment from all of us to do the important and shared work of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Alaska Chapter of AFS.

Committee Members:

Chair: Cheryl Barnes she / her
University of Washington | Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Lauren Divine she / her
Aleut Community of St. Paul Island

Janessa Esquible she / her
Orutsararmiut Native Council

Lisa Fox she / her
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Sara Gilk-Baumer she / her
Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Gene Conservation Laboratory

Jesse Gordon he / they
UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Travel Award:
This award was developed in 1992 to increase participation among individuals from underrepresented groups in fisheries. Successful applicants receive an annual AK-AFS membership, registration waiver, and travel funds to attend the annual meeting. Please click here for details.

The Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AK-AFS) provides monetary awards for persons belonging to underrepresented groups in fisheries. These funds are intended to cover registration and costs associated with traveling to/from the annual AK-AFS meeting. Successful applicants will also receive a one-year AK-AFS membership. Partial awards are sometimes given, depending on available funding.

Award recipients must meet the following requirements:

  • Identify as part of an underrepresented group (e.g., in terms of race, ethnicity, gender
    identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background) in fisheries science or related
  • Be a full-time student in good standing or maintain an entry level position.

Applicants will also be evaluated on their demonstrated commitment and/or clear intent to pursue a career in fisheries or related discipline, reason(s) for attending the conference, and financial need.

Completed applications should be emailed to:
Cheryl Barnes (she / her)

If you have questions or would like assistance completing this application, please contact Cheryl Barnes at (831) 515-8232 or using the email address above. Applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their application at least one month prior to the start of the annual meeting.

History of the DEIC
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee was organized in 1992 to increase opportunities and encourage active involvement of underrepresented groups in the Chapter. A drive to establish two $10,000 Cultural Diversity Travel Award Endowments began in 1994. Initially, major donations were received from the Western Division and individual members. The Executive Committee matched several of these donations and also contributed $3,000 of the proceeds from the 1998 AK Chapter meeting.

The first $10,000 endowment was reached in 1999. This plus the additional $3,000 was increased to $15,000 by contribution from the Executive Committee in 2004. The award provides funding to attend the Annual Chapter Meeting.