The Society of Wetland Scientists stands united in our firm commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
The racism we have witnessed most recently in the United States is, unfortunately, not new. It is part of a lengthy history of racism in the United States and globally. We may be tempted to look away from this difficult topic but we cannot – this scourge is a reality that affects our members, the wetland community we all share, and well beyond. A safe, respectful, and welcoming environment for all is the expectation, and we will continue to work until it is the norm.
We need everyone in the Society to stand at the helm. SWS programs, such as the SWS Multicultural Mentoring Program (SWaMMP), are the seeds of change needed to counteract racial injustice while also supporting a healthy and functioning planet. Protection and restoration of biodiversity in the natural world must go hand in hand with celebration of human diversity. Inclusion is the key to success in our broader community, our science, and conservation of the beautiful - yet vulnerable world - in which we live.
SWS extends our condolences to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the many countless victims before them. Our arms are open to the culturally rich and diverse communities in the US and throughout the world.
We join the cries for social justice and pledge, as a Society, to be a haven, a vehicle for change, and a beacon of light against racism and social injustice…today, tomorrow, and into the future.