Berkeley Lab

Diversity & Inclusion Office

Employee Resource Groups

IMG_6356Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are associations of employees who are organized around a primary diversity dimension that furthers Berkeley 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 including ethnicity or race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, or veteran status.  ERGs allow employees of all levels to participate more directly in the Lab’s ongoing D&I initiatives, and to assist Berkeley Lab in fully integrating D&I into our day-to-day business practices.

Berkeley Lab currently has four ERGs: All Access for disability inclusion; Lambda Alliance for LGBTQ employees and allies; Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association for postdocs and early career inclusion; and Veteran ERG (VERG) for veterans and supporters.  All ERGs are open to all Berkeley Lab employees.

If you are a Berkeley Lab employee and are interested in forming an ERG (around one of the diversity dimensions mentioned above), please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) at  We can assist you with launching an ERG and finding an Executive Sponsor.

All Access ERG

Executive Sponsors: Computing Sciences ALD Kathy Yelick and Protective Services Division Director Al Benitez

IMG_9693The 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 ( or Marilyn Saarni (  Visit the All Access website at

Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association (BLPA, or Postdoc ERG)

Executive Sponsor: Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon

boardThe purpose of the Berkley Lab Postdoc Association (BLPA) is to provide a central hub for all postdocs working at Berkeley Lab, either onsite or in offsite locations.  The primary goal is to provide support for enriching the postdocs’ scientific careers through various social and professional events and activities, such as: professional development and networking opportunities, social events, public outreach for promoting STEM, creating a growing network of association alumni, and strengthening ties with UC Berkeley and local and national postdoc associations.  In addition, BLPA’s role is to assist postdocs with any issues that might affect them, provide peer support, and partner with Lab senior management and Human Resources to help address their concerns.

BLPA events and meetings are open to all postdocs (LBNL and affiliates), graduate students, and early career researchers.  Monthly social events will be scheduled, including periodic general meetings.  Its steering committee includes Antoine Wojdyla, Etosha Cave, and Valentine Trotter.  For more information, or to join BLPA, please contact, or visit (website) or (social media).

Lambda Alliance ERG

Executive Sponsor: Biosciences ALD Jay Keasling

DSC_0118The 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.

For more information, or to join the Lambda Alliance ERG, please contact ERG Co-Chairs Amanda Krieger ( or Susan Synarski (

Veteran ERG (VERG)

Executive Sponsor: Facilities Division Director Reva Nickelson

IMG_8215The 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.

For more information, or to join VERG, please contact VERG Co-Chairs Phil Weiss ( or Rich Celestre (