Messer is partnering with the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and UC Health to establish two funds that support diversity and inclusion programs.
“This a meaningful way to put Messer’s purpose of building better lives for our customers, communities and each other into action,” said Vice President Greg Herrin. “I’m excited to help drive the advancement of workforce diversity and inclusion with two of our longstanding partners.”
Messer’s Inclusive Excellence Fund will financially support initiatives and programs offered through UC’s Office of Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement, such as CPS Strong and Summer STEM Bridge—both of which strive to encourage underrepresented students and eliminate barriers to a diverse pipeline of engineers.
At UC Health, the Messer Diversity Discretionary Fund will go toward new initiatives and programs that build cultural competency around implicit bias, as well as advance sustainable change that increases employee engagement and supports positive patient outcomes.
“This is a great example of organizations coming together to make something happen and invest in programs that can make a difference in many people’s lives,” said Vice President of Economic Inclusion Stan Williams. “It’s important to keep taking that next step toward bringing more diversity into engineering and construction management programs—and therefore our future workforce—as well as advancing equity in health care.”