The WEF InFLOW program aims to enhance diversity and inclusion in the water workforce.
Partners with community-based organizations to expose scholars in job readiness programs to the variety of rewarding career possibilities in water quality.Learn about CareerTech Track
Identifies scholars enrolled in undergraduate/graduate degree programs from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups.
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InFLOW launched at WEFTEC 2018 and provided travel assistance, hotel accommodations, registration, and additional networking opportunities to 16 students from 3 universities. At WEFTEC 2019, InFLOW expanded to include the Emerging Water Quality Scholars program, which now makes up the current two program tracks: CareerTech and STEMpath. Since 2018, InFLOW has hosted over 200 scholars between the two tracks!
These opportunities encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to stand for something that is the most important resource that we have. From planting those seeds in the hearts and minds of elementary students to giving college students the opportunity to network as they are going into the industry, to taking professionals who are already in the work field and giving them an opportunity to know more and be advocates of water helps the effort to make this world a place that can be sustainable once more."
“My favorite part of the InFLOW program was getting to meet people my age and getting exposure to the largest water industries. Coming from a small HBCU Environmental Engineering program, it helped me come decide what I wanted to do upon graduation and meet people who were like me.”
“After completing the program, they did not just leave us. WEF staff and others, such as the Water Leadership Institute alumni mentor I was matched with, kept in touch with us with follow up questions, job information, scholarship opportunities, and professional mentorship. “
“Overall, the InFLOW program inspired me to apply for opportunities outside my comfort zone. InFLOW motivated me, and I now have plans to be a professor one day. I know that I would like to be a part of creating programs that are innovative and serve to diversify the water industry.”
“I have been a beneficiary of in joining the water industry as an InFLOW scholar…Such initiatives are crucial as we strive towards a more equitable and sustainable future. ”
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From hands-on-training and leadership opportunities, such as Operations Challenge, to online training, such as the Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals series, WEF provides operators with many opportunities to advance on-the-job knowledge and develop their careers.
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