SEA Change

In 2022, UC Berkeley joined its sister UC campuses in participating in SEA Change, an initative sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The mission of SEA Change is 

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to inspire, guide, and support voluntary transformation of STEMM fields in colleges and universities so that the climate, work products, and participants exemplify the equitable, diverse, and inclusive communities needed for excellence in thecontributions and integrity of STEMM fields.

At Berkeley, the scope of SEA Change will be broader than STEMM, including other areas of scholarship. The first phase of this multi-year project is a campus-wide, evidence-based assessment of equity and inclusion with a focus on faculty and their influence on students. The second phase is an action plan, designed to effect institutional transformation. 

The SEA Change 'Anchor team' at UC Berkeley:

  • Ava Blustein, Special Projects Analyst
  • Karie Frasch, Director, Office of Faculty Equity & Welfare
  • Marc Goulden, Institutional Data Analyst
  • Sharon Inkelas, Associate Vice Provost, Faculty Equity & Welfare
  • Julian Ledesma, Division of Equity & Inclusion

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The SEA Change Principles:

  • Equity and full participation of individuals from marginalized groups within STEMM.
  • Acknowledgement of the histories of marginalization and exclusion of individuals and groups due to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, classism, and many other systemic biases.
  • Commitment to evidence-based transformation and action that fits the unique context of each institution and department.
  • Dismantling hierarchical barriers to systemic change.