Piercy joins Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy

June 12, 2020, 11:45AMANS News

ANS Executive Director/CEO Craig Piercy has joined Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP), making a commitment, along with over 50 other leaders in the GCNP network, to break down gender barriers in the field of nuclear policy.


ANS leaders in front on the issues: “Fighting for gender equality within the nuclear profession is a vital part of making our community more inclusive and dynamic,” said Piercy. “ANS is committed to not only recognizing the contributions of women in nuclear but amplifying their voices as well.”

GCNP is uniting leaders of nuclear policy organizations who have committed to work toward gender equality within their spheres of influence. Immediate Past President Marilyn Kray joined GCNP in 2019 on the recommendation of the Diversity and Inclusion in ANS Committee. Kray’s term as ANS president ended on June 11, and Piercy will now represent ANS as a Gender Champion.

Pledging progress: Like all GCNP signatories, Piercy has adopted a personal “panel parity pledge” to avoid whenever possible appearing on single-gender panels. In addition, Piercy has made three “SMART” commitments—pledges that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.

Piercy has pledged to:

  • Finalize an overview of the roles and responsibilities of ANS session organizers and chairs to encourage balanced participation in panels and Q&A sessions, with consideration for virtual events.
  • Revise enforcement procedures for the ANS Respectful Behavior Policy.
  • Review historical data of ANS Honors and Awards to analyze for representativeness of the Society membership across the sectors of utility, vendor/consultant, academia, and government/national laboratory.

Progress on the pledges will be reported to GCNP annually. As pledges are accomplished they can be replaced with new commitments that strengthen and expand continuing progress toward gender equality.

Learn more: Visit www.gcnuclearpolicy.org for more information about GCNP, and explore the many resources of the Diversity and Inclusion in ANS program, including the ANS position statement on Diversity in Inclusion in the Nuclear Profession and a curated list of educational resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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