Heroes take many forms and shapes and the Aquarium is excited that our very own Community Partner Program Coordinator Jasmine Williams was recently selected into the top ten of the Association of Zoos & Aquarium's (AZA) national "heroes" contest.
The AZA heroes video contest seeks to highlight staff from AZA accredited zoos and aquariums that are conservation and community "heroes" within their organizations. The top four winners of the contest will appear in a 2019 national campaign by the AZA highlighting some of the many amazing people and professions within the organizations they represent. You can view Jasmine's contest entry below.
Jasmine's work as the community partner coordinator allows her to share the Seattle Aquarium's mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment with under-served groups throughout the Seattle area. The Aquarium aims to be an open and inclusive community and Jasmine has championed programming that allows people from all walks of life to learn, experience and protect the wonders of our one world ocean.
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Fun facts about Jasmine!
Jasmine started as a high school volunteer and after attending college and earning her degree she joined the Aquarium's community engagement staff. As the community partner program coordinator, she helps the Aquarium deliver programs to youth from historically oppressed and marginalized communities.
· Hometown: Seattle, Washington
· Time at Seattle Aquarium: Served as a high school volunteer; joined the Aquarium as full time staff in 2014
· Relationship: Married to Brian Williams, mom to Jayla and Joni Williams
· Education: Environmental Studies Degree from University of Southern California ; Garfield High School Grad
· Favorite marine animal: Orca
· Fun fact: Jasmine is working on completing her master's through Project DragonFly at Miami University, was the drum major of her high school marching band and played clarinet in the marching band in college.
About the AZA
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for 232 of the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and eight other countries, including the Seattle Aquarium.
Voting for the AZA heroes contest will take place until Sept. 12 and the top four winners will be announced at the annual AZA conference taking place in Seattle on Sept 26, 2018.