Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are associations of employees who are organized around a primary diversity dimension and work on furthering the Lab’s business goals. ERGs receive formal recognition, as well as financial support, from their Executive Sponsor. ERGs promote opportunities for professional growth and development, provide an opportunity for informal networking, and support the Lab’s vision and values. The Lab supports ERGs that are open to all employees and are formed around primary diversity dimensions (e.g. ethnicity or race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status). ERGs allow employees of all levels to participate more directly in the Lab’s ongoing D&I initiatives, and assist Berkeley Lab in fully integrating D&I into our day-to-day business practices.
Berkeley Lab currently has four ERGs: African-American ERG (AAERG) to support African-American employees; All Access ERG for disability inclusion; Lambda Alliance ERG for LGBTQ employees and allies; and Veteran ERG (VERG) for veterans and supporters. ERGs are open to all Berkeley Lab employees (an employee does not need to identify as a member of these groups to join an ERG).
If you are a Berkeley Lab employee and are interested in creating an ERG (around one of the diversity dimensions mentioned above), please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) at email@example.com. We can assist you with launching an ERG and finding an Executive Sponsor.
African-American ERG (AAERG)
Executive Sponsor: Lab Deputy Director for Operations Glenn Kubiak
Berkeley Lab’s African-American Employee Resource Group (AAERG) aims to advance a diverse and inclusive work environment with a particular focus on African-American current and future employees. Working through a dedicated network of professionals, the AAERG undertakes internal and external activities to attract, retain, empower, and inspire African-American employees. These efforts are geared toward helping African-American staff members achieve their fullest potential across the spectrum of professional development and employment opportunities at Berkeley Lab, including those for scientists, engineers, technologists, and operations staff.
For more information or to join, please subscribe to the AAERG email list.
All Access ERG
Executive Sponsors: Computing Sciences ALD Kathy Yelick and Protective Services Division Director Al Benitez
The Berkeley Lab Disability Inclusion ERG, All Access, advocates for a more accessible laboratory in design, in spirit and in operation. We work to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all employees and visitors and to serve as an information source for applicants, recruiters, managers and staff who have questions about disabilities, support and accommodations. In this way, we seek to increase understanding and appreciation for individuals with disabilities, whether visible or not. We see ourselves as part of a larger effort to build a more inclusive and respectful community, knowing that when improvements are made to help one group, everyone benefits.
We will do this through such actions as:
- Advocating at all levels for greater accessibility and identifying opportunities for improvement
- Learning about and implementing best practices
- Reaching out and collaborating with other lab groups, organizations and the broader community to leverage our resources
- Communicating with the lab to raise the collective awareness about inclusion
- Striving to become a leader for disability inclusion in the DOE and national lab community
All Access has three committees: Communications; Facilities and Logistics; and Outreach and Benchmarking. The ERG is open to all employees, including those who identify as individuals with disabilities (IWDs) and supporters of disability inclusion. For more information, or to join All Access, please contact ERG Co-Chairs Jon Bashor (JBashor@lbl.gov) or Marilyn Saarni (MESaarni@lbl.gov). Visit the All Access website at http://allaccess.lbl.gov/.
Lambda Alliance ERG
Executive Sponsor: Biosciences ALD Jay Keasling
The purpose of the Lambda Alliance ERG is to enhance the work environment at Berkeley Lab for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning employees and allies. Our goal is to promote an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, enhance policies of non-discrimination, create guidance for institutional processes, identify and address emerging issues or challenges, increase visibility and awareness, and recognize achievements impacting our community. The group is open to all employees, including LGBTQ and allies. The Lambda Alliance ERG is currently working on creating the Lab’s first Workplace Gender Transition Guidelines.
Veteran ERG (VERG)
Executive Sponsor: Facilities Division Director Reva Nickelson
The purpose of the VERG is to enhance the work environment at Berkeley Lab for veteran employees and job seekers. Our goal is to promote an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, identify and address emerging issues or challenges such as veteran recruitment and retention, increase the visibility and value of veterans’ skills in the workplace among management and staff, provide guidance for institutional processes and programs, enhance policies of non-discrimination, and recognize achievements impacting our community. The group is open to all employees, including veterans and civilians. VERG is currently working on a self-identification campaign for veterans at the Lab.