SEIA Hosts Day of Understanding to Address Bias and Advance Diversity and Inclusion
Friday, Dec 07 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) joins more than 150 organizations for the “Day of Understanding” hosted by CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion to address bias and increase understanding in the workplace and beyond. SEIA will engage its employees in an open conversation about key issues surrounding race, gender and sexuality in order to drive greater understanding and appreciation of differences.
“Improving the diversity of the solar industry is one of my top priorities and I know to succeed I must start with my own organization,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO. “This is precisely why I signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge. I’ve committed to making SEIA a space to have these complex conversations. Today, we’re implementing unconscious bias education and learning best practices and challenges. While I’m intensely proud of the progress we’re making, I recognize that we still have a long way to go. This marks one step on the path to a more inclusive organization and industry.”
Under Hopper’s leadership, SEIA announced a new effort with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to increase the solar industry’s recruitment of African-American students and is partnering with the NAACP on the Solar Equity Initiative, a year-long commitment to provide more than 30 communities of color and low-income communities with solar energy infrastructure and job skills training.
SEIA has also developed a best practices guide to give the industry a roadmap for promoting diversity, created the Women’s Empowerment Initiative, which includes summits to increase women’s leadership and various industry opportunities, and in 2019 is launching a webinar series on diversity and inclusion for its member companies.
For more information on the Day of Understanding and how you can get involved by signing the “I Act On” pledge, go to www.ceoaction.com.
Celebrating its 44th anniversary in 2018, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 250,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.
Morgan Lyons, SEIA's Communications Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 556-2872