What if we knew and shared more about shellfish reproduction, with less concern for money?


Skylar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, Marine Biology and Environmental Science in 2020. Her research interests are within the areas of marine ecology & conservation, invertebrate reproduction, shellfish aquaculture and fisheries, and science communication & policy. She enjoys cooperative research, having collaborated with both fishermen and aquaculturists during her career. She has cultivated a strong background in science communication as a scientist, and is a producer for the non-profit, The Story Collider. She is a co-editor for the forthcoming book, Uncharted: how scientists navigate health, research, and bias, published by Columbia University Press. Her writing and voice have appeared in Scientific American, Maine National Public Radio, AGU’s Sharing Science, The Story Collider and RISK! podcasts, among other nationally recognized outlets. In 2013, she appeared on The Colbert Report in the case of the missing scallop gonads. She practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the gentle art.

What if we could all really see who we are?


René Goddess is a queer, black, indigenous, South African. A three-time award-winning Arts & Community Organizer, Choreographer, Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs, Education and Events. A Designer, Director, Embodied Equity Consultant, Innovator, Founder, and Activist. René Goddess Johnson serves as Founder and Lead Consultant of Embodied Equity (EE), a small local LLC founded in 2018, and Lead Designer for Theater Ensemble of Color, a local non-profit Theater & Performance Collective.

What if we were all valued?

The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council acts to effect positive change through advocacy, training, demonstration projects, and support for other inclusive and collaborative systemic change activities. The purpose of the MDDC, as required under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, is to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of, and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in all facets of family and community life.

What if there were no gender?


Ian-Khara Ellasante is a Black, queer, trans-nonbinary poet and cultural studies scholar. Presented with the 49th New Millennium Award for Poetry, Ian-Khara’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, The Feminist Wire, The Volta, Hinchas de Poesía, Nat. Brut, and elsewhere. With abiding affection for their hometown of Memphis, Ian-Khara has also loved living and writing in Tucson, Brooklyn, and most recently, in southern Maine, where they are an assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies at Bates College.