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DOE Releases Gender Transition Guidelines

The IDEA Office is proud to announce that the DOE has recently released its Gender Transition Guidelines for DOE staff! The announcement was made during this year’s annual Progress Pride Flag-raising event at DOE Headquarters with Secretary Granholm and Director Baker on June 6, 2024. You can view photos of the event here. The guidelines were […]

Association for Women in Science Membership Open to All Lab Employees

A 50-year History of Championing Women in Science Founded in 1971, AWIS has been the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. With over 30 grassroots chapters, we are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women. […]

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. […]