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Nov. 9 Talk on ‘Swords to Plowshares’ Efforts to Support Veterans

Tyler Solorio of Swords to Plowshares will be speaking at the Lab on Friday, Nov. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in Building 15, Room 253. The talk is sponsored by the Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG) and is one of several activities this month saluting employees who are veterans. More>

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IT’s Toledano Is Role Model for Latina Student in Nissan Video

After appearing in a video for Nissan’s diversity campaign last year, Soledad Toledano of the Lab’s IT Division suggested to the car company’s creative team the need to feature more women in STEM fields. They liked her idea and developed a new video featuring Latina high school senior Olga Hernandez. In the video Toledano shares with Hernandez her experiences as a woman working in technology, and surprises Hernandez with a powerful image of her possible future in cybersecurity.

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Lab Veterans Invited to Nov. 13 Appreciation Luncheon; Request to Self-Identify

Armed Forces veteran employees are invited to an appreciation luncheon on Nov. 13. If you are a veteran and have not received an invitation, contact Joelle Bradley. Veterans are also encouraged to self-identify in the HR system to receive notification of any future veterans events. Use your LDAP to log in, select “self identification” from the menu, and scroll down to the section on “U.S. Military and Protected Veterans.”

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Hispanic Heritage Month: A Spotlight on Luis Alvarez and LANA ERG

The Lab’s Luis Alvarez won the 1968 Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery of “resonance states” within the nucleus of an atom, made possible by using hydrogen bubble chambers and data analysis. Alvarez is one of many scientists who share a Hispanic background. His tradition of excellence at the Lab continues through LANA (Latinx and Native American Association), one of the Lab’s Employee Resource Groups. More>

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Lab Celebrates National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day — celebrated on Oct. 11 each year — encourages LGBTIQQA+ employees to “bring their true selves” to work, and for allies to show support. The Lab’s Lambda Alliance, Women Scientists and Engineers Council, and the All Access and African American Employee Resource Groups will host an information table with refreshments from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria lobby. More>

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Lab Hosts Oct. 23 Talk on Accessibility for Disability Employment Awareness Month

Carrie Farber will discuss her personal experience with disability in a brown-bag session on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54). The session will also be livestreamed. Farber is the digital accessibility lead at Walmart eCommerce and works on digital inclusion and universal design to drive better experiences for all customers.

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CORRECTION: No Screening Today of Film Exploring Use of Technology to Treat Disabilities

As part of Disability and Inclusion Month, the Lab’s All Access Employee Resource Group is showing “Fixed,” a documentary that questions commonly held beliefs about disability and normalcy by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds. Told from the perspective of five people with disabilities, “Fixed” will be shown at noon, Oct. 5 in Perseverance Hall.

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Inclusion Challenge Final Results!

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team launched a Lab-wide diversity conversation challenge 13 months ago. The program, “Inclusion Starts With a Conversation,” released a new video each month, challenging people to discuss the topic.

Over 400 employees stepped up to the challenge, and in turn, asked others to join the conversation.  Congratulations to those who started us talking.

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Sept. 19 Brown Bag Will Help Answer Questions on Reclassifications, Promotions

A brown bag session on reclassification and promotion takes place Wednesday, Sept. 19, from noon to 1 p.m., in Perseverance Hall (50-130). LaTonja Wright, an HR division partner will help attendees gain a better understanding of the Lab’s reclassification and promotion process and the tools used to assist in position analysis. The event is sponsored by the LBNL African American Resource Group.

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‘Disproportional Attention Impacts Inclusion’ Videos, Inclusion Challenge Available

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office has launched a Lab-wide program called “Inclusion Starts With a Conversation.” Each month features a new inclusion theme. August’s topic is “Disproportional Attention Impacts Inclusion.” As part of the program, staff are invited to watch a series of videos associated with this theme, and to then join a conversation challenge. More>

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