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Tips for More Accessible Meetings

A hybrid work environment presents many challenges; one of the most frequent is preparing for meetings, specifically making meetings accessible for all participants. If you are planning a meeting – hybrid or onsite – Berkeley Lab’s IDEA Office has some tips for making the meeting accessible to all attendees. A hybrid work environment presents many […]

Dr. Janie Pinterits to Retire in June

Dear Colleagues, I am writing to share some bittersweet news: Dr. Janie Pinterits, our esteemed DEI Program Manager, has decided to embark on the next chapter of her life and retire on June 29th. Since joining us in 2019 as the first hire of the IDEA Office, Janie has been instrumental in shaping and advancing […]

What to Expect in 2024: IDEA Office

This is one of several interviews in a series about the changes we can expect at the Lab during 2024. The theme of 2024 for Lady Idos, the Lab’s Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, is strategic partnership with others at the Lab. While she and her team members developed the Lab’s IDEA program in […]

Record and share name pronunciations in Google Workspace

How do you pronounce your name?  Our names are central to our unique identities, and saying them correctly is the first step in connecting with, respecting, and appreciating one another. In the spirit of promoting a culture of inclusion for all members of our Lab community, we want to let you know that you can […]

Lab’s Lactation Rooms Updated – January 2024

In addition to family-friendly policies such as the Bright Horizons backup care program, the extended bereavement leave policy, and the newly expanded Pay for Family Care and Bonding policy, Berkeley Lab has seventeen designated lactation rooms for nursing parents. Fourteen of them are on the hill and there is one each at JBEI, the OCFO, […]

New Categories for Director’s Awards 2024

The Director’s Awards program recognizes Lab employees’ significant contributions and achievements. Nominations of individuals and teams come from Lab employees and then are reviewed by the Lab-wide Director’s Awards committee. Nominations are accepted through May 31, with selections made in the summer and a recognition event in November. An awards committee made up of representatives […]

War in Gaza and Israel – Message from Lady Idos, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office

Dear Berkeley Lab Community, As we watch the events in the Middle East continue to unfold since last week, I find the level of suffering and human impact in Israel and Gaza shocking and difficult to watch, as it must be for many of you. In his letter earlier this week, our Lab Director Mike […]

Monday is the Juneteenth Holiday: A Day to Reflect – Message from Mike Witherell

Dear colleagues, Berkeley Lab will celebrate Juneteenth on Monday, June 19, 2023. The Lab will be closed on Monday. June 19, shortened to Juneteenth, is the date in 1865 that federal forces arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce federal laws enacted two and a half years earlier prohibiting the enslavement of people of African descent. […]

Five Years of IDEA Progress: An Interview with Director Witherell and Aditi Chakravarty

The stewardship of people at Berkeley Lab is critical to the Lab’s future. It enables the Lab to better attract, develop, and retain talented, dedicated professionals and continue our efforts towards building a more welcoming and supportive environment. Employees and candidates expect principles-based work cultures, opportunities for growth, and supportive people programs. Offering the resources […]

Women’s History Month Zoom Backgrounds

Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. Did You Know? Women’s History Month started as Women’s History Week Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) […]