National Lab Pride (NLP) was recently created for members to promote LGBTQ+ visibility within the US DOE national laboratory system; collaborate on outreach and networking opportunities; meet LGBTQ+ leaders and staff (within the national lab system, as well as external contacts); and share resources and best practices for diversity and inclusion.
NLP was formed in October 2016, when Berkeley, Idaho, and Sandia National Labs met at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Since then, NLP has grown to over 50 members from 13 out of 17 national labs. Visit NLP’s website to learn more: bit.ly/nationallabpride. Many of Berkeley Lab’s NLP members are part of the Lambda Alliance Employee Resource Group (ERG).
Five NLP members recently served on a national lab panel at the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) summit called “Out to Innovate.” Panel members included:
- Allison Campbell (facilitator) – Pacific Northwest National Lab, and 2017 President of American Chemical Society (ACS)
- Amanda Krieger – Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
- Chris Bannochie – Savannah River National Lab
- Sharissa Young – Sandia National Lab
- Theron McGriff – Idaho National Lab
Panelist Amanda Krieger, representing Berkeley Lab’s Engineering Division, noted the importance of having national lab employees make valuable connections with STEM students (as the next generation of STEM professionals). “The labs have many highly educated and trained specialists in their respective STEM fields. Many of these specialists have been through graduate programs, with some of them serving in staff scientist roles in large programs or leading their own highly specific research. They are an excellent resource for mentoring with their academic experience and research backgrounds.”
Additionally, Krieger discussed the importance of promoting the national lab system as an employer of choice for possible applicants. “We need to inform job seekers and our next generation of STEM talent that national labs are unique, interesting, and relevant options for their career. The labs have a lot to offer: flexibility; work-life balance; and high-quality, reliable, and comprehensive benefits.”
Visit NLP’s website to learn more: bit.ly/nationallabpride.