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Ambrose Jearld, Jr. Lecture

The Ambrose Jearld, Jr. Lecture is given every summer in Woods Hole by invited scholars, scientists, authors and others who can challenge the status quo to bring perspective, knowledge and expertise to the subject of building a more diverse and inclusive community.

Jearld devoted much of his career to fostering NOAA's goal of maintaining a workplace in which all people are respected as individuals and valued for their contributions. His work with NOAA, higher education institutions (especially Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Serving Institutions) has helped make oceanography and marine biology more accessible to a diverse body of students and research faculty.

Black History Month

The Woods Hole Black History Month Committee (WHBHMC) is dedicated to celebrating and educating the Woods Hole community and the community at large about African American history and culture. The committee is responsible for planning and putting on events during the month of February. Past events have included art exhibits, speakers, musical groups and the annual Harambee. The committee is open to all people regardless of ethnicity, gender, race or difference of any kind.

Community Discussions

The DAC Community Diversity Discussion Series aims to increase awareness within both the scientific and broader community structures of issues preventing inclusion and diversity in the Woods Hole, Falmouth and Cape Cod region. As such, the Discussion Series serves as a primary method of 1) increasing transparency and communication between the DI, DAC, and stakeholders interested in improving diversity and inclusion in the community; 2) providing opportunities for networking and capacity building among individuals interested in taking action to improve diversity and inclusion; and 3) creating an atmosphere of tolerance through broader community discussions and help build connections toward solutions to those issues.

John K. Bullard Diversity Award

The John K. Bullard Award was established by the WHDI when John stepped down from SEA leadership. A plaque in his honor is on display at SEA. In June the 2014 winner's name will be added to the plaque, which will then move to the institution most closely associated with the most recent winner of the Bullard Award.


The DAC is dedicated to celebrating and educating the Woods Hole community and the community at large about the history of Juneteenth and importance of continuing to celebrate it today. Past events have included speakers and celebrations.

"Listen Up: Giving a voice to the unheard"

These listening sessions are for marginalized people in our communities to share their experiences. Join us to hear about these experiences, challenge your understanding of bias and reflect on how you can make this community more welcoming and inclusive.