Fall 2023 JEDI Seminar Series

This seminar series aims to provide professional development for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography around the topics of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the ocean sciences. We hope to encourage and cultivate conversations both from a societal collective and within our own respective fields to strengthen our community and the work that we do.

Please Register


Mental Health Mini-retreat

Join us for a 30-minute guided meditation to restore well-being and health. Come as you are: no special clothing or equipment required.

Date: October 11th
Time: 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Mosby
Speakers: Anya Hanson, GSO Diving Safety Officer and certified yoga instructor. 

Safe Zone Training II Trans-identity

Learn about issues related to the transgender community, basic issues affecting the LGBTQ community, and how to be an ally. 

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm
Location: Mosby

More information: https://web.uri.edu/gender-sexuality/safe-zone/

How to be an Ally of Mental Health at URI

Gina MacLure, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Coordinator of the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic, will be discussing creating a supportive campus climate for those struggling with their mental health.  Learn and discuss warning signs of mental health concerns and ways we may be contributing to the stigma of mental health. Learn common resources for mental health concerns on and off campus as well as actions to take to deepen your knowledge and commitment in this area.

Gina MacLure

Speaker Bio:  Gina MacLure MS LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Coordinator of the URI Couple and Family Therapy Clinic since 2012 for the URI Couple and Family Therapy Graduate Program. She has been in private practice since 2012 and specializes in Family Therapy with neurodivergence and comorbid mental health diagnoses. She supervises graduate students learning how to be couple and family therapists, teaches HDF courses and oversees graduate student internships. Gina is a Mental Health First Aid Trainer for URI and the local community. Her focus areas include: grief, neurobiology, trauma and parenting. She resides in SK with her husband and 2 children.

Date: Thursday, November 16
Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm
Location: Mosby
Registration: https://forms.gle/Yo7PYujNtEFWfdT88

More information: https://web.uri.edu/pcc/mental-health-first-aid/

CANCELLED: Discrimination Awareness and Prevention: Hiring & Recruitment

Date: Friday, December 8

Minimizing Bias and Diverse Hiring Practices

Join us for a panel discussion on the utility and application of diverse hiring practices presented by the URI JEDI Committee on Creating a more Diverse Workforce. Panelists will explore how their institutions work to minimize bias in their hiring practices and discuss some of the challenges they face.


Date: Tuesday, January 30
Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm
Location: Mosby
Speakers: Kimberly Ohnemus (RI Sea Grant), Marty Chintala (US EPA), Robin Santini (URI HR Department), and Becky Robinson (URI GSO).