Berkeley Lab

Ambassador Program


sacnasThe “Ambassador Program” was promoted by former Lab Director Paul Alivisatos in 2014, following the announcement of his Labwide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative.  The program was piloted in 2015, with the goal of advancing outreach efforts aimed at increasing underrepresented populations at the Lab.  Scientists, engineers, and operations staff would engage with the community and attend targeted conferences and events, both at the local level and nationwide.  Ambassadors would work toward establishing meaningful relationships with selected organizations, and help develop a robust pipeline of qualified STEM and operations employees.  The program is coordinated in partnership with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office (DEI), Workforce Development & Education (WD&E), and the Lab Directorate.

Click below to view the slides and video from the Open House on July 18, 2016:

Role of Ambassador

DEI and WD&E will work with Berkeley Lab Ambassadors to accomplish the following activities:

  1. Attend one of our conferences geared toward underrepresented groups to do one or more of the following:
    • Prepare a proposal for a technical presentation at selected conferences
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    • Be part of a panel discussion
    • Judge a poster session
  2. Attend the conference sessions:
    • Network with participants
    • Refer event participants to Berkeley Lab booth
  3. LinkedIn Outreach:
    • Create a basic LinkedIn profile
    • Add interested participants to Berkeley Lab conference page (open group)
  4. Keep in touch with participants at least twice a year:
    • Send group message on LinkedIn page to keep in touch and offer to answer questions
    • Send reminders of DOE and Berkeley Lab student internship program opportunities
    • Notify participants of relevant events or activities

Role of DEI and WD&E

aisesTo support Ambassadors, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office (DEI) and Workforce Development & Education will provide the following:

  • Provide funding for travel and conference registration
  • Provide administrative support for conference participation (submitting abstract, participating in a talk, etc.)
  • Host orientation and strategy meeting; provide promotional postcards and LinkedIn demo
  • Host a booth at the conference for interested participants
  • Provide information about LBNL internship opportunities: undergraduate university students, community college students, and visiting faculty

Role of Division Leadership

To support Ambassadors, Division leaders will be asked to:

  • Approve Ambassador for participation in an upcoming conference, and promote the value of diversity and inclusion at Berkeley Labshpe
  • Provide funding for Ambassador’s time while traveling and at the conference
  • Value the Ambassador’s participation at selected conferences by acknowledgment in their annual performance review. Optional: Division newsletter, All Hands, announcements, certificate, incentives, etc.

Ambassador Conferences

  1. American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  2. Emerging Researchers Network (ERN)
  3. National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP)
  4. National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG)
  5. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  6. National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
  7. Out in STEM (oSTEM)
  8. Society for Advancement of Chicano/Native Americans in Science (including Native Alaskans) (SACNAS)
  9. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  10. UC Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)

Next Steps for Interested Ambassadors:

  • Complete Ambassador Interest Form online
  • IDEA office will confirm approval from Division leadership
  • Ambassadors will be selected based on interest, Division approval, availability and conferences LBL will be supporting in any given year.ern2
  • Attend orientation to discuss conference participation and marketing materials.
  • Develop action plan for participation.
  • Participate in selected conference
  • Debrief to discuss lessons learned

*Photo credit (top to bottom): SACNAS, LBNL, AISES, SHPE, ERN (2 photos)