Berkeley Lab

June 27 Talk on Fostering LGBTQ Inclusion in the Workplace

Isabel Porras, Associate Director of Research at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates in San Francisco, will give a brown bag lunch talk during Pride Month on “Fostering LGBTQ Inclusion in the Workplace.”  This “Perspectives on Diversity” event will take place on Tuesday, June 27 at noon in the B50 Auditorium.

Talk Description:
Through dynamic, interactive exercises, participants will gain an understanding of issues impacting LGBTQ employees, and develop tools to create a more inclusive workplace climate.  Participants will acquire mastery of key concepts including birth/assigned sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.  As part of Berkeley Lab’s efforts to increase awareness on diversity and inclusion, this one-hour lunch-and-learn program will also allow staff to understand what it means to be an ally, and how LGBTQ inclusion can positively impact the Lab through enhanced teamwork, communication, and cultural competence.  This event is sponsored by Berkeley Lab’s Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) and the Lambda Alliance Employee Resource Group.  If you have any questions, please contact DIO at

Isabel Porras is the Associate Director of Research at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates in San Francisco, CA.  She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Smith College and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis.  Isabel’s deep commitment to LGBTQ equality and intersectional feminism inform both her research and teaching.  As an Instructor of Women’s and Gender Studies at UC Davis, Isabel taught various courses, including Introduction to Queer Theory, Introduction to Feminist Theory, and Theory and History of Sexualities.  Isabel is an experienced public speaker and has presented at academic conferences in Colombia, Brazil, and across the United States.