U.S. WIN is proud to announce that the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) working group is now a standing committee. This change was made in order to continuously highlight the importance of this topic to the organization. Ensuring that the workforce is diverse and inclusive is as vital as ever in today’s climate to promote retention and recruitment in the field, which the committee plans to promote via varying initiatives, focused subcommittees, and a resource library.
Juliann Edwards, Chair of U.S. WIN and Vice President of Energy Origination and Development in Power and Energy Solutions at TC Energy highlighted the following:
“As one of the leading support organizations in nuclear, it is important that we focus on the industry challenges ahead. In the DOE Liftoff report, it was noted that the U.S. will need ~375,000 additional trained workers to deliver upon the much needed 200 GW of advanced nuclear. This unprecedented growth is only achievable with the leadership and support of organizations like U.S. WIN, NEI, ANS, and NAYGN.
At U.S. WIN, we are elevating the DEI working group to a stand-alone committee, as a way of demonstrating our attention to this topic. The DEI Committee will create initiatives, programs, and a deep repository of tools that will empower and remind everyone that we each have a role to play in energy transition.”
At the national conference in July, U.S. WIN rolled out revised strategic objectives which strengthen our commitment in the areas of attracting, retaining, and advancing a diverse workforce in the nuclear industry — and include more influence in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and belonging:
- Attract a diverse workforce to pursue professions and trades in the nuclear sector
- Foster a culture of inclusion and belonging that retains a diverse workforce in the nuclear sector
- Create professional development and networking opportunities for career advancement
- Inspire advocacy and public support for the advancement of nuclear energy and technology.
To learn more about the DEI committee, please see the new DEI “About Us” page here. To view our DEI Library or to submit your own ideas, click here. Note that to access the library or to make a submission, you must be logged into your U.S. WIN account.