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Program Description
The face of the ocean sciences workforce does not reflect current U.S. demography. A COSEE tenet is to support efforts to increase ocean awareness for underrepresented populations to participate more fully in the ocean sciences.

For five years the National COSEE Office maintained and strengthened its presence during the annual Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conference in an attempt to raise the profile of ocean sciences within the community. Over the years COSEE co-sponsored ocean science symposia and education panel sessions, maintained exhibits and organized other ocean sciences focused organizations to exhibit and create an Ocean Sciences Row in the conference exhibition hall. In addition, COSEE organized ocean scientists to participate in annual Conversations with Scientists Sessions. During the sessions interested students were able to speak one on one with practicing ocean scientists to better understand the life of an ocean scientist.

COSEE Center
The National COSEE Office (NCO) facilitates national meetings, provides an infrastructure for the Network’s online presence, coordinates the National Advisory Committee, and provides guidance and support to individual Centers and Network working groups. The NCO also engages in Network level activities such as the facilitation of broader impact activities, the establishment of partnerships and collaborations, Ocean Literacy initiatives, and the promotion of ocean related careers. Ultimately, the NCO serves as the hub of the Network, coordinating all COSEE Network activities and providing leadership.

Contact Information
Liesl Hotaling
 Liesl Hotaling
 COSEE National Office