What is SEA Change?

SEA (STEMM Equity Achievement) Change “is a comprehensive initiative from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that implements a proven self-assessment process to effect sustainable change with regard to diversity, equity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) at U.S. institutions of higher education.” (seachange.aaas.org)

NC State joined the SEA Change initiative in 2020 as its third charter member. Charter membership is growing, and NC State frequently participates in collaborative idea-sharing sessions with this cohort of over a dozen institutions of higher learning.

The Three Pillars of SEA Change

  1. Institute: A centralized repository for resources and educational opportunities related to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEMM and higher education
  2. Community: Opportunities for member institutions to share and discuss strategies for enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in STEMM
  3. Awards: Member institutions may apply for awards that recognize the institution’s commitment to and creation of sustainable systemic change promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in STEMM

In addition to active involvement with the institute and SEA Change community events, NC State plans to submit its application for a Bronze Award in 2022.