"Sometimes it’s really easy to feel alone. BWEEMS was the first place I realized that there was a community of Black women that were interested in the topics I was interested in. I wasn’t alone. Not only has this organization built my confidence, but I met my advisor through BWEEMS and I've learned of fellowship opportunities and made lifelong friends!"
“ BWEEMS really gives me inspiration for what's to come. Seeing amazing Black women achieving great things really pushes me to shoot for more when my imposter syndrome tries to discourage me! “
“I loved the mentor-mentee program with BWEEMS this year. I was pushed to think constructively about my career and future while building community in BWEEMS. I appreciated being connected with another Black woman in the field I may not have gotten the chance to know before.”
“I am grateful to be a part of a society where my voice is heard. I feel valued and appreciated in BWEEMS. This society has also played a role in molding me into becoming a better leader and mentor to others. I am proud to be a part of BWEEMS, where sisterhood is fostered with other phenomenal women.”
BWEEMS recognizes the great vastness of diversity represented within the term "Black". We also recognize that "Black" is interpreted and understood differently around the globe. BWEEMS openly welcomes anyone of the African diaspora or of African descent who identifies as "Black" and we acknowledge the deep historical roots of our incredibly varied phenotypic make up. Additionally, we use "Afro" and "Black" interchangeably to include those of the African descent in other regions of the world outside of the United States. If you identify as Black or Afro, we welcome you to BWEEMS and we value and understand the many ways in which individuals may identify as "Black".
We aim to create a community space in ecology, evolution and marine science for underrepresented Black voices. While we are called Black “Women” in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Science we acknowledge that gender is a social construct so we welcome any one who identifies as fem, female, trans, non-binary, or non-gender conforming.