I entered as a graduate student in 1987, studying marine geology and paleoceanography at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, one of best Earth science research labs. These were heady, exciting times at Columbia, as climate science was really taking off. Since 1968, WHOI has partnered with MIT to form one of the premier marine science and engineering graduate programs in the world—the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, Applied Science & Engineering. And it increases diversity in the sciences by inspiring bright young minds from underrepresented groups to pursue ocean science careers. Winning hearts and minds to protect the oceans—so they will continue to protect us—requires more than just our amazing science, engineering, and discovery.