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Jefferson Lab Welcomes New DEI Program Director

NEWPORT NEWS—The U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace. To further facilitate those principles, it is pleased to welcome its new diversity, equity, and inclusion program manager, Aurora Realin.

Realin brings almost two decades of experience as a DEI practitioner and human resources professional. She has a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Adventist University and certifications in diversity, equity, and inclusion from Simmons University and the University of South Florida. She spent most of her career at AdventHealth in Altamonte Springs, FL, with her most recent position serving as the system’s diversity and inclusion manager.

“What attracted me most about this opportunity is the lab’s senior leadership team is truly committed to creating a lasting culture of inclusion,” said Realin. “Right now, there is great national interest in advancing the DEI agenda across all organizations, and it appears the lab’s vision transcends beyond this frenzied moment, aspiring to have a culturally inclusive workforce that not only benefits its current employees, but also helps attract and retain the best talent to Jefferson Lab.”

The Jefferson Lab community includes employees and a scientific user community from around the world. It is diverse in gender, ethnicity, race, national origin, age, and culture. Realin believes that this rich tapestry of backgrounds and perspectives contribute to the lab’s world-class research environment.

Committed to growing the lab’s inclusive community in positive ways, Realin aims to help ensure that every member of the laboratory’s community feels their ideas and contributions are valued, that they are appreciated and respected, and that they feel a sense of belonging. She will help the lab achieve these goals by reaching out to employees and scientific users throughout the lab community.

In her new role at Jefferson Lab, Realin plans on building on the significant efforts in DEI the lab has already invested in. She also hopes that her work at the lab helps to set the stage for growing young students and young professionals. 

“As we look to building our future, the investments we make in their growth now will reap rich dividends later on,” said Realin. “DEI is giving everyone the same resources and opportunities to succeed. It’s looking at different perspectives, talents, and skills, and then leveraging those diverse gifts to drive a culture of excellence.”

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