Minorities in Aquarium and Zoo Science (MIAZS)
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Introduction to Minorities in Aquarium and Zoo Science (MIAZS)
Mission Goals Vision
Our mission is to advance aquarium and zoo science by diversifying the professionals and perspectives within it
1) Our primary goal is to bring more people of color into aquarium and
2) Our secondary goal, in parallel with the first, is to support and retain
the existing minorities that work in these fields and those that will
follow after them
We envision a future where MIAZS is no longer needed
Resumes, CV's, Cover Letters and Interview Questions
Jennie Janssen, MS and Megan Holst, MSc
Welcome to our 1st Workshop!
Want help shaping your resume or cover letter for an aquarium or zoo application?
Do you have questions or want to practice common aquarium or zoo interview questions?This is the workshop for you!
Panel on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
(Presented at AALSO 2021)
The advantages of having diverse teams, in any profession, greatly stem from having a wider spectrum of backgrounds, life experiences, perspectives, and ideas. This diversity in thought directly leads to more thorough preparation and greater innovation. To build more diverse teams, intentional actions are required at all career levels, and these actions generally fall into two categories: 1) increasing the number of minority professionals, and 2) retaining current and future minority professionals. For BIPOC (Black, Indiginous, and People Of Color), representation - or the lack thereof - factors into both of these goals, as do financial and social barriers. “But what can one person do about it?” Each person’s individual actions make a difference, whether they be at the individual, departmental, institutional, or industry level. With many people taking individual actions across all levels, more BIPOC-friendly work environments with more inclusive hiring and retention practices can be cultivated.
MIAZS Ally Skills Workshop
Learning about and practicing ally skills is a critical step to supporting diversity, equity, access, and inclusion (DEAI) efforts. An "ally" is a member of a social group that enjoys some privilege that is working to end oppression and understand their own privilege. An ally is not an identity, but a verb, and ally skills must be put into action to facilitate equity within aquarium and zoo science. The Ally Skils Workshop provides opportunities for all Members and Friends of Minorities In Aquarium & Zoo Science (MIAZS) to learn and practice these skills so that we, as individuals, know how to support DEAI efforts.