A panel discussion at the American Nuclear Society conference in Washington, DC, this week featuring:
David Roelant from Florida International University
Lisa Marshall from North Carolina State University
Craig Williamson from South Carolina Universities Research and Education Foundation
Craig Williamson said it best, beginning his presentation by saying:
“We still suck at diversity in the nuclear industry.”
Craig Williamson rounded out the panel, beginning with his rather frank assertion that the nuclear industry has a great deal of work left to do in cultivating a diverse workforce. At the South Carolina Universities Research and Education Foundation, Williamson crunches the numbers on enrollment at nuclear programs and works to support programs throughout the state to actively increase diversity. As evidenced at South Carolina State, targeted programs work- this spring they will reach a new milestone. A student who completed her bachelor’s degree in a Nuclear Engineering Program in South Carolina will be receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.
All of the panelists seem to agree that we must do more to be inclusive and active in promoting diversity at our Universities and beyond.
How has your institution taken steps to increase diversity in your field?