Today at Berkeley Lab

National Lab Pride Launched for LGBTQ+ Staff and Allies

National Lab Pride was recently created for members to promote LGBTQ+ visibility within the DOE national laboratory system, collaborate on outreach and networking opportunities, meet LGBTQ+ leaders and staff (within the national lab system, as well as externally), and share resources and best practices for diversity and inclusion. More>

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ESnet Staff Share Award for Diversity Efforts at SC Conference

Kate Mace, Jason Zurawski, and Lauren Rotman of ESnet are co-recipients of the CENIC 2017 Innovations in Networking Award for Experimental Applications. The award recognizes their work to expand the diversity of the SCinet volunteer staff and provide professional development opportunities to highly qualified women in the field of networking. More>

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Women in IT Invited to Apply for Program at SC17 Conference

Applications are now being accepted for the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program at the SC17 conference to be held Nov. 12–17 in Denver, Colorado. Applications are to be submitted using the 2017 WINS Application Form. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 24. More>

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‘MAKERS: Women in Space’ Film Screening to Celebrate Women’s History Month

The PBS documentary “MAKERS: Women in Space” traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. Screenings will be held on Tuesday, March 21, at noon in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium; and on Tuesday, March 28, at 12:30 p.m., at the Joint Genome Institute, Conference Room 149A. More>

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Women Scientists & Engineers Council Champions Workplace Improvements

If you’ve ever used the Lab’s back-up care program or taken a parenting class on your lunch hour, you can thank the Women Scientists & Engineers Council (WSEC). In honor of National Women’s History Month, we look back at how WSEC got started and what issues it is currently working on. More>

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Lab Launches African-American Employee Resource Group (AAERG)

Sponsored by Lab Deputy Director for Operations Glenn Kubiak, the AAERG seeks to advance a diverse, inclusive and inspiring work environment, particularly focused on African American employees. Founding members: James Lee, (CRD); LaTonja Wright, (HR); Mary Sidney, Chair (ETA); Colette Flood, (Public Affairs); Jacqueline Scoggins, (NERSC). A brown bag lunch takes place on March 20 at noon in Perseverance Hall. Email AAERG@lbl.gov to sign up. More>

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Q&A With ALS Postdoc Isvar Cordova

In this human-interest profile, Cordova, who works at Beamline 11.0.1, discusses what brought him to the Advanced Light Source, his research, why he became a scientist, growing up in Bolivia, and the challenges he overcame to get where he is today. More>

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Staff Invited to Join Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are organized around a primary diversity dimension and work on furthering the Lab’s business goals. Current ERGs focus on providing support for African-Americans, individuals with disability, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans. No need to identify as a member of these groups to join the ERG. More>

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ESnet’s Sinatra Offers a Point of View on Diversity & Inclusion

ESnet recently hosted a workshop on “Empathy: A Building Block for Inclusiveness,” which prompted Michael Sinatra, a network engineer, to post a blog on his impressions from the meeting. Among his key take-aways? By applying the principles of empathy to our colleagues, we can better understand where they’re coming from, regardless of differences in communication style or culture. More>

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Seeking Lab Ambassadors to Advance Outreach Efforts

Berkeley Lab’s Ambassador Program is looking for participants to help advance the Lab’s outreach efforts to underrepresented groups. Diversity and Inclusion Office and Workforce Development and Education will fund travel and registration, while the Division covers the Ambassador’s time. For a list of our outreach conferences, and for more information, click here.

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