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Jefferson Lab hires new diversity, inclusion lead

Steven Uwajeh. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of JLab)
Steven Uwajeh. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of JLab)

Jefferson Lab filled a new position to focus on diversity and inclusion efforts among their employees.

Steven Uwajeh was recently hired as program lead and his experience includes working with Shell and as a consultant for KPMG. He graduated from Columbia University in New York, according to the news release.

“There are enough studies that show that if a minority group represents about thirty percent of the organization, it increases creativity,” Uwajeh said in a prepared statement. “If you have a diverse group of scientists and engineers, then you have people thinking differently, more creatively, and those perspectives will positively impact the outcome of the research we do here.”

Uwajeh said he joined the lab because he saw it was making an effort to improve diversity.

“When you observe and listen to people extensively, you see and hear the true culture of the organization,” he added. “These insights don’t exist in any dataset. I first need to know the people before we can start to understand where we are and what needs to be done.”

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Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
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