Dear Chapter members,

To follow up on the Parent Society’s recent statement on diversity and inclusion (AFS statement), the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society affirms its commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion and ensuring that all members understand and realize their equal value to our organization.  It runs deep in the DNA of our profession and the Chapter to value diversity, to manage resources and provide opportunities for the good of all, and to knit together a network of colleagues who lift each other up in good times and bad.  We must continually challenge ourselves to view the world from others’ perspectives, seek out ways to provide opportunities to those who have few, and resist discrimination in all forms.  As a Chapter of individuals, let us stay strong and unified in these values, maintain open dialogues, and continue to work to become the most equitable, inclusive, supportive, and effective Chapter we can be.

The Georgia AFS Executive Committee