Stuart Henderson, Director Jefferson Lab
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement from the Director
Fostering an inclusive work environment encourages collaboration across the community, leads to a greater exploration of ideas, and is key to the success of the Lab’s mission. Diversity should be embraced in all forms, placing emphasis on positive experiences for our employees, users, and all others that work or visit the Jefferson Lab campus. In all instances, we must strive to hold ourselves accountable and lead by example.
I call for everyone within the Jefferson Lab Community to exemplify the values of professionalism and respect, as well as cultivate a supportive environment where we acknowledge the opinions of others, enhancing scientific discourse with every exchange.
The goals of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program are to:
- Intentionally create and sustain a professional, ethical, and respectful work environment in which everyone contributes to the Lab's mission while striving for a fully inclusive workplace. This includes deliberate and thoughtful engagement with colleagues.
- Build and maintain an exceptional workforce that reflects our diverse community. This may require stepping outside of comfort zones to encourage and listen to perspectives dissimilar to our own, giving everyone an opportunity to be heard and understood.
- Maintain transparency in our communications. Actively promote results and successes in building a diverse and inclusive environment, and propose improvements in any areas where we fall short.
- Increase diversity within the Lab and the broader scientific/engineering communities in the nation by recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse and talented workforce, while fostering a diverse STEM pipeline through progressive science education and community outreach programs.
DEI Program Manager Jefferson Lab
Any questions, please contact Aurora Realin, DEI Program Manager.
Jefferson Lab is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, internally, in the DOE and National Lab System, and in our community.
Our definition for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are as follows:
Diversity - Achieve and sustain a workforce composed of qualified people who proportionally represent the diverse populations that contribute to the advancement of science
Equity - Achieve and maintain an organization where fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement is guaranteed for all
Inclusion - Achieve and maintain a professional, ethical, tolerant and respectful work environment in which everyone can contribute to the mission according to their talents.
Additional DEI Resources (LGBTQ+/PRIDE Month, Caribbean American Heritage Month, Juneteenth etc.)
The Keys to Allyship: Understanding What an Ally is and the Role They Play in an Inclusive Workforce
Below you can find more information about all those who take the lead in driving and sustaining our aspired culture. Information on upcoming internal DEI events can be found below.
If you would like to sign up to be a part of our mailing list and be informed of all things DEI, please click here: Inclusion Info Page (jlab.org)
LGBTQ+ Pride Month Virtual Event
SAVE THE DATE! Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month by tuning in on Wednesday, June 22nd at 3pm via Zoom. Hear from community leaders Dr. Charles Ford, Professor of History, Norfolk State University, and Kelly O'Clair, Secretary and Board member, Hampton Roads Pride share their best practices on LGBTQ+ advocacy and ways we can continue to be allies to our LGBTQ+ colleagues.
Overcoming Barriers to Communication (updated AP-COM course)
Thursday, June 30th 1-3pm Sign up here - https://misportal.jlab.org/training/classes/110224
Tuesday, July 26th 1-3pm Sign up here - https://misportal.jlab.org/training/classes/110225
Wednesday, September 21st 10-12pm Sign up here - https://misportal.jlab.org/training/classes/110226
Overcoming Barriers to Communication is a course created to assist employees to understand various barriers to communication. Through this course, attendees will realize the impact of medium and delivery on communication, recognize potential barriers to effective communication and how this translates into everyday work interactions. Participants will understand cultural differences (language and cultural context), gender stereotypes and unconscious bias, and how all these factors hinder good communication. Participants will learn strategies and gain tools on how to become more effective communicators.
Safe Zone/LGBTQ+ Educational Session
SPECIAL SESSION for LGBTQ+ Pride Month: June 21st 11-12:30pm Sign up here - Click here to join the meeting
Tuesday, August 23rd 1-2:30pm Sign up here - https://misportal.jlab.org/training/classes/110228
The Safe Zone/LGBTQ+ Educational Session is an opportunity for everyone, including our LGBTQ+ colleagues, allies and all who are interested in learning. During this session, we will review LGBTQ+ core terminology, discuss our personal relations to LGBTQ+ subjects and engage each other on how we can become better allies and advocates for our LGBTQ+ colleagues. This session is voluntary and advanced notice of participation is not required.
Veterans Mentoring Program
If you'd like to sign up for our newly launched Veteran Mentoring Program, please click the links below. This program was designed to help our veterans who are transitioning out from the military to adjust to civilian work life by partnering with a JLab team member.
We invest our time and effort to ensure that all of our visitors and guests from around the world have a smooth transition to the lab environment
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