Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary - Education

Multicultural Programs

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MERITO is the multicultural education program for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) and it stands for Multicultural Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans. MERITO (which means ‘merit’ in Spanish), began implementation at CINMS in 2006 by delivering bilingual ocean conservation related products and services to students, teachers, adults, and families living near the Santa Barbara Channel region.

The goal of the MERITO program at CINMS is to provide programs and products to our multicultural population to build sanctuary stewardship, help increase understanding of ocean-related threats, and motivate culturally diverse students to pursue careers in marine sciences and/or resource protection so that our entire community can actively contribute to ocean preservation.


Multicultural Education is the 9th strategy of the Awareness and Understanding component of the CINMS Management Plan. CINMS initiated the expansion of the MERITO program from Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) to the Santa Barbara Channel region in 2005. The CINMS MERITO action plan is composed of various strategies including A) Bilingual Outreach, B) Internships for graduate and under graduate students underrepresented in science, and the B) MERITO Academy which includes professional development for educators, students programming and curriculum. The first two strategies (A and B) are implemented by CINMS. The MERITO Academy is a partnership program co-sponsored by CINMS and many other governmental (National, State and Municipal) and non-governmental organizations coordinated by a local non-for profit organization (www.meritoacademy.org).
MERITO products and programs inform multicultural audiences on how to take individual action in resource and habitat protection, and why ocean protection is a responsibility everyone shares.


Contact us:
Rocio Lozano-Knowlton, MERITO Bilingual Program Coordinator
Rocio.Lozano@noaa.gov
Channel Islands Boating Center in Channel Islands Harbor
3880 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
(805) 729-0442

 

 


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