Belonging at SML
A diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, origins, talents, and interests strengthens and deepens the SML experience. We are committed to supporting a diverse community and a strong sense of belonging for all. Belonging at SML is about fostering respect and appreciation for difference, having a shared purpose, and being a part of a community, while simultaneously being valued and appreciated for the uniqueness that each person brings.
Shoals Marine Laboratory is located within N’dakinna, the traditional homelands of the Wabanaki People who have a historic and contemporary presence in this area. Their presence here precedes the establishment of Shoals Marine Laboratory, the state of Maine, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Indigenous displacement from their N'dakinna homeland and honor the ongoing connection of indigenous people past, present, and future to these lands and waters.
January 2022 Update
Two recent reports of sexual harassment in the field and close to home have caused a lot of upset, concern, and conversation among the SML staff. We want to share our thoughts and hear from you. At Shoals, we are aware that the bias and discrimination underlying these events are prevalent in our society and are a vexing challenge. It is our priority to cultivate a sense of belonging at SML and foster a culture that promotes healthy relationships and individual safety. A successful SML is a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming place. If you have experiences, comments, or ideas you want to share with us, we welcome and encourage you to do so. Here is a link to our feedback form (which offers both anonymous and identified options).