"It was a privilege to take part in the White House forum. I am honored to have been selected as a champion for the Department of Energy's Minorities in Energy Initiative," Baylis said. "In this role, I hope to be a positive representative for DOE and LLNL in promoting this effort and in bringing awareness of STEM careers to minorities."
The White House forum on Minorities in Energy was co-hosted by the DOE, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council for Environmental Quality and the White House Office of Public Engagement. The event schedule included guest speakers and panel discussions which covered a wide range of issues including increasing participation in STEM fields by minorities and engaging communities in energy and climate issues.
Baylis and other senior-level leaders in industry, government, academia and nonprofits were acknowledged at the event as champions and ambassadors for the Minorities in Energy Initiative. They were selected by the DOE because of their dedication to advancing underrepresented groups in the energy sector and to support their advancement into leadership positions.
In a memo to forum attendees, Moniz states: "The minorities in Energy Initiative will take and all-of-the-above approach to energy platforms regarding research, technology and policy driving our energy economy. Although Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans make up 24 percent of our workforce, they comprise only 9 percent of the STEM workforce. The department is committed to working with you to foster greater diversity and inclusion in the energy sector."
For more information see the DOE Minorities in Energy Initiative website.
For additional photos, see the White House Forum on Minorities in Energy Flickr Album.