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Diversity statement

EPIXC will embed diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) in all aspects of the Institute’s plan, membership structure, governance, leadership, management, and operations.

The EPIXC commitment to DEIA is reflected in the very makeup of the Institute leadership team, which aims to represent the demography that the Institute serves. To realize our innovative vision, the EPIXC DEIA team will collaborate with and provide expertise to EPIXC’s Governance Board (GB), Advisory Board (AB), leadership, management and operations staff, and the teams that will carry out the Institute’s programmatic, communications, workforce development and outreach activities.

Because a significant number of our stakeholders, and the RD&D community that supports them, are in underserved communities, the EPIXC DEIA Plan directly and indirectly engages students and potential members of the workforce as electric process heating solutions are being developed, installed, and workforce and environmental conditions improve in the surrounding communities.

EPIXC, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Management team

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Maria Curry-Nkansah

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Senior Research Advisor

Prior to NREL, was a COO for Argonne National Laboratory PSE Directorate; and at British Petroleum served as Senior Researcher, Business and Market Development Manager and North America lead for Hydrogen Demonstration Programs with Ford and Daimler Chrysler.

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Wafa Hozien

Navajo Tech University

Director, Diné and Graduate Studies

Co-creator of the first Ph.D. in Diné culture and language Sustainability.

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Kristen Parrish

Arizona State University

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Chair for Construction Management and Technology

Prior to joining ASU in 2012, she was a Scientific Engineering Associate in Building Technologies at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Parrish’s expertise is in energy efficient building design and construction. In particular, she explores how non-technological barriers to energy efficiency influence design and construction processes and develops novel approaches to address these barriers.