New U.S. Department of Energy Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Energy has recently announced the Minorities in Energy Initiative, which will be a continuous dialogue between several federal agencies and private partners, with energy at the helm. This initiative will link together representatives from diverse community organizations, academia, business, and industry to address shared challenges in the areas of energy economic development, STEM education, and climate change.


In addition to the Minorities in Energy Initiative, the Energy Department has been actively working to address the shortage of females engaged in STEM in the United States. The Honorable Dot Harris, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, serves as a part of the White House Council on Women and Girls STEM Speakers Bureau, adding outreach sessions about her work in STEM to her travel for meetings around the country. In August, Director Dot Harris visited the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and spoke to middle school girls from the East Nashville area. This visit was coordinated by the GRITS (Girls Raised in Tennessee Science) Collaborative Project and you can learn more about the girls' experiences here


The Department of Energy has also created a website resource, Women@Energy, showcasing talented and dedicated employees who are helping change the world, ensuring America's security and prosperity through transformative science and technology solutions. View profiles of women across the country, sharing what inspired them to work in STEM, what excites them about their work at the Energy Department, sharing ideas for getting more underrepresented groups engage in STEM, offering tips, and more.