The Coastal Society is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture with leadership that cultivates and respects different perspectives, abilities, and identities, and supports an engaged membership that reflects the populations we serve. We invite you to learn more about our efforts and get involved.
TCS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group
Achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) requires an organization-wide commitment to dedicate time and resources to identify major gaps and take active steps to improve. The TCS DEI working group was established in June 2020 to advance this work, with the ultimate goal of DEI being fully integrated across the entirety of the organization’s operations. We welcome all members to join us! No experience necessary, just a desire to learn and a commitment to upholding and advancing the values of DEI. For more information and/or to become involved, contact Kim Corcoran or Gib Hartley, DEI Workgroup Co-Chairs.
DEI Strategic Plan
Approved in December 2021, this plan is the guiding document for the TCS work to advance DEI in our organization. The plan identifies 5 key objectives and 25 strategies to obtain them. After collecting a baseline measurement of key metrics this year, the plan will be updated with specific targets to evaluate success going forward.
Demographic Survey – Launched January 22, 2024 – Closes February 5, 2024
To establish a baseline understanding of our current strengths and areas for improvement, TCS is seeking information about the demographics and diversity of our membership, as well as ideas and suggestions for how we can make TCS a more inclusive and equitable organization. All information collected is kept confidential, and you can skip any questions you do not wish to answer. While entirely optional, we would sincerely appreciate it if members take the survey.
Anti Discrimination and Anti Harassment Policy
This policy applies to all TCS members, volunteers, and affiliated parties. All members should read it and become familiar with its terms.
Bystander Intervention Toolkit
Improving DEI strengthens our ability to achieve our mission and ensures all have an opportunity to benefit from The Coastal Society’s’ professional offerings. TCS is, ultimately, a professional organization; accordingly, TCS will hold its members and event participants to a standard of conduct expected of professionals. TCS can only be successful if its events, chapters, and overall organization are safe and welcoming to all. In instances of discrimination or harassment, TCS wants its members and event participants to be prepared and feel encouraged to step in. The purpose of the active bystander toolkit webpage is to provide bystanders the tools to actively intervene in and de-escalate the situation.
Additional Resources & Further Learning