WHEREAS the objectives of the SFC are to disseminate information on and promote the diversity and conservation of fishes in the Southeastern United States, and
WHEREAS the SFC membership is comprised of people who reflect diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, ability status, and many other forms of diversity, and
WHEREAS the membership of SFC does not currently reflect the full human diversity of the southeastern United States, and
WHEREAS SFC recognizes that people from underrepresented backgrounds may have been systematically devalued, treated unfairly, and threatened in the United States, or simply discouraged from pursuing careers in the biological and environmental sciences, and
WHEREAS SFC strives to give honor justly by welcoming diverse ideas, equitable recognition of accomplishments, and inclusivity of each of its members, and
WHEREAS diversity in natural ecosystems promotes strength and resilience across communities, and the mission and work of SFC will similarly benefit from greater inclusion of scientists from underrepresented backgrounds,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that SFC hereby strengthens its commitment to inclusion and equity in all of its programs, membership, and activities by creating the regular standing committee titled the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.