ADVENTURES OF A
This whole trip (all 4 days of it), I haven't tried too hard to pass as a man, but I have also let everyone assume I was a straight man. Mostly I censored my speech a little to avoid mentioning things like drag shows, testosterone shots, male exes, etc. But, I didn't consciously change anything about my body language, speech patterns, personality, etc. I wear a mixture of men's and women's clothes. I assumed I would pass as a man since I have facial hair and I'm the second tallest person on the ship.
In 2016, there were zero ocean science PhD's awarded to African Americans. Zero. We are not talking "low percentages", we are talking literally zero percent. It is abhorrent to not be doing something to fix this, particularly since we know climate change, sea level rise, and pollution disproportionately impact low income communities and communities of color.
No one can change the entire system. But, there are some small things we can all do, in the hopes that there is never another year with zero African American PhD recipients. And particularly if you are faculty or otherwise in a position of power, be aware of your power and use it wisely.
Most of these suggestions apply to making oceanography more welcoming of anyone who is not a straight white man.