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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Council


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“A diverse workforce, with a variety of perspectives and experiences, working in an inclusive environment where all voices are heard and contributions are valued, will unlock new scientific and technological frontiers to positively impact our community, nation and world.” – Argonne Director Paul Kearns

The future success of Argonne depends on our ability to recruit and train a diverse workforce. The Photon Sciences Division (PSC) and its user community represent a wide spectrum of ages, races, abilities, gender identities, national origins, religions and experiences. It is the combination of all of those backgrounds, plus our different research disciplines, levels of education and academic affiliations, that help make this a collaborative and innovative division to work in.

The laboratory’s core values of Impact, Safety, Integrity, Respect and Teamwork are the foundation for this community. It is up to all of us to build on those core values to create an equitable and inclusive culture. Argonne is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion for all employees, and the laboratory has launched an action plan to address systemic issues of inequality.

Each of us can help to ensure that all PSC employees and users have the opportunity to work in an equitable and inclusive culture, and to advance to the fullest extent of their skills and abilities.

The PSC DEIA council is composed of representatives from all four PSC divisions and reports to the Lab Director's Council. Our mission, vision and goals can be found here.         
Everyone has a place in the DEIA space™


This month's Voice of PSC

September's Voice of PSC : 

  • Date: September 21, 2023 at 1PM
  • Meeting Recording: Watch here
  • Meeting infoJoin on Zoom - Add to Calendar
  • SpeakerDr. Julia Shaw, Psychological scientist at University College London
  • Title: Upgrade your Workplace Culture
  • Abstract:        
    How should we talk about harassment and discrimination at work? Are we even hearing about incidents when they happen? Can we encourage a culture of disclosure, ideally before incidents get out of hand? Dr Shaw’s research is in line with the preliminary findings of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, showing that improved and anonymous reporting is crucial to tackling workplace harassment and discrimination. She will share her latest scientific research, focusing specifically on scalable solutions to improving the way we report and deal with this timely issue.



Next month's Voice of PSC

October's Voice of PSC : 

  • Date: October 19, 2023 at 1PM
  • Meeting infoJoin on Zoom - Add to Calendar
  • SpeakerJessica McCabe, founder of HowToADHD
  • Title: Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success Story
  • Abstract:        

    October is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) awareness month. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects between 5 and 8% of the global population. This why this month's event spotlights Jessica McCabe, the mind behind the popular YouTube channel HowToADHD.

    In this presentation, Jessica will share her personal journey with ADHD, from early promise as a gifted child to the challenges she faced due to her diagnosis. She will delve into experiences of self-blame, frustration, and societal biases, including sexism.

    But this talk is not just about challenges; it's also about understanding and empowerment. Jessica will explore the science behind ADHD, its effects on the brain, and the often-overlooked strengths that come with this condition.

    Whether you or someone you know is affected by ADHD, or if you are simply interested in learning more about this complex condition, this event promises to be both educational and uplifting.



Other events

Across the lab

  • Thursday, September 7 (Noon) ABLED — Mental Health & Wellness Peer Support Group. This hour is open to all seeking to connect with others and to discuss mental health and wellness. This safe, supportive group offers employees a chance to network, share resources, as well as give and receive support. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. Join on Teams
  • Monday, September 11 (Noon) PACE — Parenting and Caregiving ERG hosts informal virtual lunch meetings every second Monday of the month. Everyone is welcome. Topics will be announced before the meeting in Slack channel and through the group’s mailing list. Join on Zoom
  • Tuesday, September 12 (11:30 a.m.) Argonne African American (AAA) ERG monthly meeting. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month. Join on Teams
  • Tuesday, September 12 (11:30 a.m.) ESH DEIA Council monthly meeting. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month. Join on Teams
  • Wednesday, September 13 (Noon) Working with a Chronic Illness Support Group monthly meeting. This group is open to the entire Argonne community of employees who live with a chronic illness. Our focus is on supporting individuals managing chronic illness. This group may later evolve to include those caring for loved ones with chronic illness and allies. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at Noon. Join on Teams
  • Thursday, September 14 (Noon) Spectrum ERG Monthly Meeting. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month. Join on Zoom
  • Friday, September 15 (10:00 a.m.) BIS I-LEAD monthly meeting. Meetings are held the third Friday of every month. Join on Teams
  • Monday, September 18 (1:00 p.m.) Monthly Postdoctoral Society at Argonne Board Meeting. Join on Teams
  • Tuesday, September 19 (11:30 a.m.) Monthly ESH DEIA Advisory Council monthly meeting. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. Join on Teams
  • Tuesday, September 19 (1:00 p.m.) IS Diversity & Inclusion Council monthly meeting. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month. Join on Teams
  • Wednesday, September 20 (Noon) ABLED — Parenting on the Spectrum Support Group. The group is geared toward parents who are raising children on the autism spectrum, or other related disorders, such as Fragile X, Downs Syndrome, anxiety, etc. This group meets the third Wednesday of every month. Join on Teams
  • Thursday, September 28 (Noon) ABLED — Cancer Support Group Meeting (available to the entire Argonne community). Open to cancer patients, survivors, and caretakers, the group aims to offer a compassionate forum for sharing ideas and advice and lending encouragement. In keeping with our core values of respect and teamwork, the group allows members to support colleagues with similar experiences. This meeting is held the fourth Thursday of every month. Join on Teams
  • WIST Pipeline Development and Outreach Subcommittee Monthly Meeting (open to all). The Pipeline Development and Outreach Subcommittee focuses on WIST’s mission to support and implement programs that encourage, develop, and utilize the full potential of all women in science and technology. This allows us to engage with girls and young women and encourage them to consider STEM fields. All Argonne employees are welcome to attend a meeting or join. Contact Sunaree Hamilton ( or Natalie Zender ( to be added to the recurring meeting invitation.

 Past Events

“Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” – Verna Myers 


August's Voice of PSC : 

  • Date: August 17, 2023 at 1PM
  • Meeting Recording: Watch here
  • Meeting infoJoin on Zoom - Add to Calendar
  • SpeakerDr Steve Robbins, S.L. Robbins & Associates
  • Title: Your Brain is Good at Inclusion... Except When It's Not
  • Abstract:        
    This workshop provides an innovative, neuroscience-based look at the benefits of creating inclusive workplaces. Using the fields of cognitive neuroscience, social-psychology, and communication (among others), Dr. Robbins explores the human, hard-wired need to belong – and what happens when that need is not met. He demonstrates how our brain has natural and developed tendencies (e.g. unconscious biases) that can help us achieve goals, but also lead to unintended consequences, like the exclusion of others who are different than us. He provides listeners with terms and a language that invite people into productive conversations about inclusion and diversity. In the end, Dr. Robbins shows that the key to battling bias and a cultivating a more inclusive organizational culture begins with a practical understanding of how the brain operates, but ultimately requires continuous and intentional practice of fundamental skills (i.e., open-mindedness and mindful engagement). With such skills, organizations have a strong foundation for creating and maintaining an environment that unleashes everyone’s talents and skills.        

    This workshop makes a compelling, neuroscience-grounded case for why addressing inclusion and diversity is not an option, but an organizational imperative for excelling in a dynamic, 21st century world. And as always, Dr. Robbins brings all this science-based content neatly packaged in real-world relevance, a good dose of storytelling and laugh-out-loud humor. Ultimately, listeners will walk away with 1) a greater motivation to engage the work of inclusion and diversity, 2) better understand what that work looks like, and 3) how such work will enhance individual and organizational performance.




July's Voice of PSC : 

  • Date: July 20, 2023 at 1PM
  • Meeting recordingWatch here
  • Speaker: Lia Garvin, Workplace Strategist
  • Topic: Owning Our Accomplishments
  • Meeting info: Join on Zoom - Add to Calendar
  • Abstract: With performance appraisal season right around the corner, everyone will want to join this month’s Voice of PSC conversation with renowned workplace strategist Lia Garvin. Harvard Business Review, CNN Business, Fast Company, and more have all featured Garvin’s content, which helps give participants concrete tools for building confidence in talking about their work and owning their accomplishments and impact.      
    Why do we get stuck when talking about our work? What are the consequence of not talking about it? The good news is, we have the power to reframe our relationship with talking about our work.




June's Voice of PSC : 

  • Date: June 15, 2023 at 1PM
  • Meeting recordingWatch here
  • Speaker: Jeannie Gainsburg, Savvy Ally Action
  • Topic: Good Talk: The Art of Having Useful Conversations
  • Meeting info: Join on Zoom - Add to Calendar
  • Abstract: Successful diversity and inclusion initiatives involve creating judgment-free spaces where people can share their experiences, listen to each other, forgive mistakes, and encourage everyone to learn and grow. Yet the barriers to establishing these spaces in our increasingly polarized society can seem daunting. Starting with a conversation about how people learn, this workshop offers effective shame-free communication techniques that reduce defensiveness and open people’s ears to new ideas. Participants will leave feeling more confident in their skills as listeners and educators and more effective in their LGBTQ+ inclusion and advocacy efforts.



April's Voice of PSC : 

  • Date: April 20, 2023 at 1PM
  • Meeting recording: Watch here
  • Speaker: Dr Lou Strolger, Johns Hopkins University
  • Topic: Reducing systemic biases through anonymized application processes
  • Abstract: Dr. Louis-Gregory (Lou) Strolger is an Observatory Scientist and Deputy Head of the Instruments Division at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), and a Research Scientist in Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. His scientific research explores supernovae, cosmology, and dark energy, where he primarily works on the nature of supernovae progenitors. Dr. Strolger has been involved in science policy for much of his professional career. Notably, he had a key role in developing the dual-anonymous peer review process for observing time on the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been adopted at many astronomical observatories, and is rapidly gaining interest in physics communities and with federal granting agencies.



April's Voice of PSC - Extraordinary session : 

  • Date: April 19, 2023 at 1PM
  • Meeting recording: Watch here
  • Speakers: Dr Kristen Liesch, Forbes “D&I Trailblazer” and co-founder and co-CEO at Tidal Equality, & Dr. Sonali Mohapatra, Quantum Innovation Sector Lead at the National Quantum Computing Centre, Director of the Prospero Space Fellowship, and Founding Member and Chair of New Voices in Space Working Group on the Scottish Space Leadership Council.
  • Topic: The power of small disturbances, the promise of ‘domino dynamics,’ and how to innovate for a more equitable future.
  • Abstract:

    The grand challenges we face today - like climate change and inequality - can seem intractable. After all, the systems we live, work, and learn within are imbued with implicit bias and continue to produce inequitable and unjust outcomes. The field of science is no exception. Today, because bias, discrimination and inequity continue to prevent the full diversity of voices - and their ideas, questions, and solutions - from reaching the world’s megaphones and shaping what happens inside and outside the laboratory, we are necessarily stymying our progress toward a more equitable and sustainable world.          

    But this doesn't have to be our story.          

    With the need for innovation more urgent than ever, and a collective imperative to create the conditions where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential, small systemic disturbances have the power to create seismic change. And each of us can play an active role in creating those disturbances.In this session, you’ll hear a guest perspective from Dr. Sonali Mohapatra who will describe why now is the time to innovate the systems in the field of science for greater equity and equitable scientific innovation. Dr. Kristen Liesch will explore how small disturbances and ‘domino dynamics’ have the power to transform our systems and drive a more equitable and innovative future. She will share insight drawing on the science of behavioral change and the art of social change, and provide practical examples and tactics you can use to create “small disturbances” of your own.




March's Voice of PSC : 

  • Date: March 16, 2023 at 1PM
  • Speakers: Dr Jess Wade, Imperial College London
  • Topic: Jess Wade is creating inclusion in STEM, one page at a time: Meet the person who added 1,700+ underrepresented scientists to Wikipedia
  • Meeting info: Join on Zoom
  • Abstract: Jess Wade is a British physicist in the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College London, specializing in Raman spectroscopy. Her research investigates polymer-based organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Her public engagement work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) advocates to increase gender equality and diversity in science as well as tackling systemic biases such as gender and racial bias on Wikipedia. Since the start of 2018 she has written the Wikipedia biographies of women and people of color scientists every single day.

Jess Wade


January's Voice of PSC : Disability Equity in the Workplace

  • Speakers: Carolyn Tomchik, ABLED Employee Resource Group & Chris Gorman, PSC DEIA Council Member
  • Topic: Disability Equity in the Workplace
  • Abstract: Carolyn and Chris introduce the concept of disability equity, different workplace situations that can present challenges for people with disabilities, and best practices for workplace disability inclusion. Following the presentation, we invite open discussion and reflect on how we can apply the concepts to promote a more inclusive and equitable workplace in PSC.
  • Slides in box
  • Recording from 2021 in box
  • Resources:
    • A to Z of Disabilities and Accommodations:
    • IFES Inclusion Inside
    • ABLED seminar on March 22, 2023 at 2PM (CT):  Mark Rentz from Argonne’s Employee Relations office will talk about Reasonable Accommodations and Working with Chronic Illness: Join on Teams 
    • ABLED email address:




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