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Diversity at JLab

A Different Kind of Diversity Program

Our program applies to all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increase, salary, training and development, demotion and separation.
Some Diversity Programs are completely compliance-driven and seek only to evaluate for underrepresented groups such as women and minorities. Others are strong on marketing; with eye-catching web pages, high level committees, and numerous affinity groups and events. However, not all of these show a clear connection to accomplishing its organization's mission. The best focus on using the Diversity Program is to enhance mission accomplishment. If this results in a more diverse workforce than before, all the better. That is the kind of program we want at Jefferson Lab.
One of the first things a Diversity and Inclusion Program should do is define what diversity means to that organization.
According to the dictionary, the noun itself can mean:
    "a point or respect in which things differ;"
    "variety or multiformity;"
    "the state or quality of being different or varied; a point of difference;"
    "the relation that holds between two entities when and only when they are not identical;"
    "noticeable heterogeneity."

But people are diverse in many ways. Differences that really matter to an organization like JLab are those that may affect scientific communication/collaboration (e.g. gender, ethnic background, country of origin, taboos, language skill, generation, and type of job/profession, etc). Our mission-focused approach challenges two commonly-held assumptions:
JLab is already a diverse place to work

People at JLab are not biased

The goals of our Diversity and Inclusion Program are:

Therefore, the JLab Diversity and Inclusion Program has the following objectives:

Our program was conceived by a diverse group of people who are not only driven by the traditional compliance aspects of such a program, but strive for more. These same people help manage our program and keep it relevant. Our unique approach to Diversity has the support of our senior leaders as well.