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Cetaceans enchant us with their grace, intelligence, and beauty, and have an exceptional ability to inspire people and serve as ambassadors for marine conservation. And yet these magnificent creatures face more threats today than ever before. Every student should consider joining a professional society-a society that represents its member and works for the good of their chosen profession. One of the benefits of joining the ACS Student Coalition is the ability to network and collaborate with your peers (future colleagues) and professionals in different disciplines, backgrounds, and institutions to address the challenges that whales, dolphins, and porpoises face in today’s complex world.

Leading your own ACS student group can be very rewarding and fun. ACS students host world famous guest speakers, screen films, create campaigns, organize fundraisers, host social events such as marine themed parties, educate their community and campus, network with other student groups, attend ACS biennial conferences, and most importantly, they help make the world a better place for both cetaceans and humans! 

     
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the members at the end of year banquet
Above: ACS students hosting Ocean Jeoprody, Below: ACS University of Hawaii-Manoa students at the end of the year banquet

 

How can the ACSSC help me start my own group?

The ACS Student Coalition is happy to answer your questions, give you more information, and assist you from the start with organizing your peers. It may seem daunting, but we are here to help you with every step. You will find yourself surprised at how many other people are in your community that also want to put their passion into action once you reach out. For example, ACS-Indiana University is the first group of the student coalition, the founder was able to connect with like-minded peers in Indiana, and you can too! We will provide you with tips on recruitment, campaigns, and offer resources and material we have created for our campaigns. We will also provide advice regarding fundraising and activities and dealing with your university.

 

What is expected of me as a leader?

It can be very rewarding to have a leadership position for a cause you care about. Leading is a learning process, a very important one that brings forth many useful skills for future careers. We understand that students are quite busy with maintaining grade point averages, part-time jobs, internships, etc., so we recommend ACS student leaders take on only as much as they can. Each regional student group can pursue the specific campaigns they feel passionate about or the ones that are more geographically relevant for their community. This can be very effective as some issues are better tackled when the group is conveniently located nearby to take action. Some groups meet weekly or every other week, whichever is most convenient for each group.

 

Want to learn more?

Get in touch with us!  Reach out to Sabena Siddiqui, the ACS Student Chair at  [email protected]