We value our people—and we strive to create an environment where all our employees can feel valued, respected and heard. We continually aim to foster inclusion and diversity in our workforce. We're committed to improving our hiring and retention of diverse candidates at all levels, ensuring equity in strategic career rotations and leadership development programs, and supporting the development of affinity groups to promote belonging. These are a few ways we're creating an inclusive community at our site.
Women in Nuclear (WiN)
In 2019, UUSA proudly elected to sponsor a Women in Nuclear (WiN) chapter and launched “Permian Basin Nuclear Services” (PBNS) which was officially recognized by WiN-US that same year. Chapter members from Carlsbad, NM to Andrews, TX, both men and women recruited from nearby facilities in the nuclear industry, joined to support the advancement of women in nuclear and to partner together to share our industry’s benefits with the local community. This chapter is committed to community outreach by supporting the Girl Scouts of America, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and the professional development of their diverse members. Chapter members have had the opportunity to tour local nuclear sites together and attend National WiN conferences representing UUSA and promoting our company as one that strongly supports Women in Nuclear.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
In 2022, UUSA established a new affinity group: the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers - Permian Basin Chapter (SHPE - PB). This chapter is part of an international organization that focuses on empowering the Hispanic community to reach it's fullest potential. Members of this diverse and inclusive group advocate for the Hispanic students and professionals at our site and in our communities, seeking the development of new opportunities for professional growth within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This year, UUSA's SHPE chapter is also proud to have an all-female leadership committee.
In 2022, UUSA partnered with Leaders Industries, a non-profit organization that provides advocacy and support to persons in Lea County with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to create two part-time positions at our site. Our new Leaders Assistants, Sonia and Lyndell, have been an invaluable addition to our team since then, assisting Human Resources with wellness initiatives, contributing to the facilitation of UUSA's Richie Enrichment Science Workshops, and assisting with various tasks within our Finance department. Recently, UUSA has also hired a tutor to assist our Leaders Assistants in furthering their own education by continuing to develop their reading comprehension skills.