By Tatjana K. Rosev
Employees take active role
As part of an effort to bolster diversity efforts, the Laboratory is rolling out new employee-led diversity initiatives, including an Executive Diversity Committee headed by Director Michael Anastasio.
Three new Diversity Working Groups have been created to work specifically on issues related to the recruitment, retention, and professional development of protected-class employees as well as fostering a work environment that supports diversity. These groups will consist of embedded subject-matter experts from various Laboratory organizations and members of Employee Resource Groups representing the interests of women; American Indians; Hispanics; African Americans; Asians; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals; veterans; and employees with disabilities.
While the Employee Resource Groups will continue to develop targeted initiatives and communicate group-specific issues to the three new Diversity Working Groups, the working groups will be charged with developing and implementing cohesive strategies for addressing the underrepresentation of targeted workforce populations and for promoting an organizational culture that provides all employees with an equal opportunity to maximize their potential. Results will be reported semiannually to the Executive Diversity Committee, which will be responsible for providing oversight and assisting the resource groups in meeting their objectives.
In addition to Anastasio, members of the Executive Diversity Committee include Deputy Laboratory Director Jan Van Prooyen, Mike Mallory, Rich Marquez, Carl Beard, Scott Gibbs, Doris Heim, Mary Neu, and Ben Glover.
“Research shows that diversity initiatives can boost both employee morale and performance,” said Laboratory Diversity Officer C. J. Bacino. “The new structure of our Employee Resource and Diversity Working Groups, combined with enthusiastic support from senior management and the groups’ members, places us in a very good position to secure meaningful, positive results,” he said.
Information sessions hosted by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) and open to all employees will explain the Laboratory’s employee-led diversity initiatives as well as how to apply to participate, said Bacino. The information sessions are from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Physics Building Auditorium.
For more information, go to the OEOD Web site.