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Diversity Groups Connect to Support Career and Workforce Development for Students at the University of Utah

Published 02-01-22

Submitted by Marathon Petroleum Corp.

Members of a student organization at University of Utah holding a check from Marathon Petrolium

Marathon Petroleum’s Salt Lake City refinery is helping to amplify the significance of diversity and inclusion by connecting with college student groups and supporting their educational goals. In November, members of the Salt Lake City refinery employee networks presented a combined $3,000 local giving grant to three student organizations at the University of Utah: the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers.

Refining Engineers Grisel Ortiz Morales and Taylor Thorpe presented the donation to representatives from the organizations and participated in a career panel discussion and Q&A session with students in person and online.

“It was great to be able to share some of my excitement for my job with others who want to be in this field,” said Ortiz Morales. “The students asked great questions and were very engaged. They really wanted to know how to better prepare to get a good internship.”

The Salt Lake City refinery HR team and University of Utah Campus Lead Stan Holbrook worked to connect the refinery’s student groups at the university to encourage diversity in the future workforce. This forum served as an opportunity to not only support Marathon Petroleum’s focus on workforce development, but also advance the discussions on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion by connecting groups that can grow and champion inclusive behaviors together.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion are an integral piece of our company,” said Ortiz Morales. “At Marathon Petroleum, I’m a leader of the Women’s Employee Network and a member of the Hispanic Employee Network. Being able to share my Puerto Rican culture with the company creates a sense of belonging. I want to show others that diversity is valuable.”

The employee networks will continue to work with the corresponding University of Utah student organizations as the partnership grows: Women’s Employee Network & Society of Women Engineers; Hispanic Employee Network & Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; and the LGBTQ+ Employee Network & oSTEM (out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

To learn more about career opportunities, including Internships and Co-ops, at Marathon Petroleum, visit the Jobs section on our website.

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MPC is the nation's second-largest refiner, with a crude oil refining capacity of approximately 1.9 million barrels per calendar day in its six-refinery system. Marathon brand gasoline is sold through approximately 5,600 independently owned retail outlets across 20 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, Speedway LLC, an MPC subsidiary, owns and operates the nation's second-largest convenience store chain, with approximately 2,730 convenience stores in 21 states. Through subsidiaries, MPC owns the general partner of MPLX LP, a midstream master limited partnership. Primarily through MPLX, MPC owns, leases or has ownership interests in approximately 10,800 miles of crude oil and light product pipelines. Also through MPLX, MPC has ownership interests in gathering and processing facilities with approximately 5.9 billion cubic feet per day of gathering capacity, 8 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas processing capacity and 610,000 barrels per day of fractionation capacity. MPC's fully integrated system provides operational flexibility to move crude oil, NGLs, feedstocks and petroleum-related products efficiently through the company's distribution network and midstream service businesses in the Midwest, Northeast, East Coast, Southeast and Gulf Coast regions.

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