Sea Shells

Sea Shells

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Statement

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to conservation, the Smithsonian Affiliated Aquarium of the Bay protects, conserves, and preserves the biodiversity of the San Francisco Bay and its allied ecosystems from Sierra to the Sea. The sustainable resilience of the diverse habitat is directly tied to the resilience of human diversity vested in healthy communities. We are committed to working with our staff, partners, and communities to achieve our mission by ensuring diversity, equity, inclusion, access and justice in all elements of our work aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This commitment is manifested in our hiring and talent retention practices, professional development, volunteers, programs, exhibits, education, and outreach extension services across the seven branches of the organization.


Diversity is the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.

Equity is the process of ensuring that processes and programs are impartial, fair and provide equal possible outcomes for every individual.

Inclusivity is the practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those having physical or mental disabilities or belonging to other minority groups.