Today at Berkeley Lab

African American ERG Hosts Emotional Intelligence Workshop

Members of the Lab’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) recently participated in an emotional intelligence workshop, which used group exercises and an interactive personality decoding method to help participants learn how to manage stress and emotions. The workshop was led by Derrick Bedford of iNeverWorry Consulting. The event was hosted by the African American ERG.

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Joe Palca to Interview Geri Richmond for June 11 ‘Women in Science’ Talk

Geri Richmond — a member of the National Science Board, secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and advocate for diversity — will sit down in conversation with NPR’s Joe Palca on Monday, June 11, at 1:15 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The event is part of the Director’s Distinguished Women in Science speaker series. The talk will be streamed live. More>

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May 23 UC Webinar on Improving Mental Health Awareness

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the University of California’s “Stigma-Free” webinar series will feature a discussion by award-winning speaker and author Ross Szabo on how to improve efforts to raise awareness of mental health. The webinar runs from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23. More>

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Inclusion Video Series Winners Announced, Discuss DEI With Lab Director

As a follow-up to the talk given by Steve Robbins, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office launched a Lab-wide program called “Inclusion Starts With a Conversation.” Each month, three videos are released to highlight specific ideas related to DEI, along with a challenge quiz. So far, the top 20 point earners have met with Director Witherell to discuss DEI at the Lab. More>

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Lab Staff on What Their Asian American Heritage Means to Them

As part of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Julie Kang of the Joint Genome Institute and ESnet Director Inder Monga share some of the ways they connect with their heritage. Kang, from South Korea, has “learned to find my personal balance amongst the various cultures and philosophies around me.” Inder Monga deeply appreciates the Bay Area’s diverse environment, which gives him the opportunity to interact with fellow Sikhs. More>

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May 9 Presentation on TechWomen and Scientific Diplomacy

The Molecular Foundry, the Women Scientists and Engineers Council, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office are hosting a presentation and panel event called “Scientific Diplomacy: From Berkeley Lab to Egypt” on Wednesday, May 9 at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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‘Unintended Consequences of Familiarity’ Inclusion Videos Now 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. May’s topic is “Unintended Consequences of Familiarity.” More>

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Lab’s Lambda Alliance to Sponsor Contingent for June 24 Pride Parade

The Lambda Alliance will be joining the Pride Parade in San Francisco and is inviting employees to join a Lab contingent. Those interested in participating can sign up here. The deadline for registration is April 20. Can’t attend the parade but want to support the effort and the Lambda Alliance in other ways? Contact Tom Gallant for more information. More>

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Inspiring a Culture of Mentorship and Networking for Women in Egypt

Teresa Williams (far right), a researcher at the Molecular Foundry, recently returned from Egypt, where she and others worked to help Egyptian girls and women in STEM fields learn how mentorship and networking can further their educational pursuits and professional careers. Her visit was part of the TechWomen program. More>

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Interactive Live Theater Sessions Help Foster Harassment-Free Workplace

The Lab is offering a live, interactive theater experience, with trained actors, to foster a harassment-free workplace. Staff are encouraged to attend as a way to increase diversity, inclusion, and positive behavior. Send email here to register for the April 30 or May 3 session (10 a.m. to noon). Attendees will receive harassment-prevention training credit.

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