Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

AWS Promotes Diversity

AWS values diversity, advocates equitable and inclusive practices, and engages its members and stakeholders in establishing a culture in the welding community that welcomes, learns from, and celebrates differences among people. AWS recognizes that a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential to achieving excellence for the Association, its members, and employees.

Quote of the Month

Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see it today. – Jintao Ha

As volunteers we often feel overwhelmed. We are not sure how to reach out to our Section Membership, and encourage participation. One great thing about our membership is we are a diverse group. We are welders, engineers, artists, educators, inspectors, sales, shop owners, and many more occupations. Each individual has so much to offer. Reach out and invite participation.
AWS District 20 Director and Chair of the AWS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Pierrette Gorman

Member Profiles

Daniella Morris

Daniella MorrisDaniella Morris was a mechanical engineering student at The Ohio State University (OSU) when she became attracted to welding. Interning with the automaker Honda in her sophomore year, she met an influential female welding engineer who presented her with a project that included a heavy dose of welding...

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Jacob Humphrey

Jacob Humphrey The first “official welder” in the family, Jacob Humphrey began experimenting with the craft at the age of 14. With the help of his grandfather, he would repair farm equipment using a shielded metal arc welding machine. He also got to weld with his uncle, who sometimes performed welding at his construction job...

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This year, Victoria Shekastehband and Mitchell Grams were chosen to serve as AWS Future Leaders.

Victoria Shekastehband
Victoria N. Shekastehband
Michell Grams
Michell R. Grams

"I was delighted with the high quality of the application packages for the inaugural class of Future Leaders. There were many outstanding packages, and selection of the final two choices was very difficult for the committee members," explained AWS President Thomas Lienert. "We are very fortunate to have such exceptional candidates for the first Future Leaders group..."

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