Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Our goal is to provide an environment where we leverage the best local, national, and international talent to contribute to our research and our innovations.

“Treating everyone as equal is a fundamental and immutable tenet in which we operate Fermilab and interact with our communities. At Fermilab, we are committed to fostering a culture of respect and inclusion across all our workforce. This commitment starts with the lab leadership and extends throughout all levels of our organization, and it is a prerequisite to delivering on our mission with excellence.”
-Lia Merminga, Fermilab Director
“Every member of the Fermilab community is accountable for building trust and making the lab an inclusive and equitable place for everyone engaged in our mission of scientific discovery. We are each change agents who are responsible to each other for how we collaborate and contribute to keeping our fingers on the pulse of the laboratory’s culture and climate, challenging convention and realizing sustained change.”
-Sandra Charles, Chief Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Officer


Laboratory statement of diversity

Fermilab develops, implements and maintains purposeful and intentional strategic initiatives to support a respectful organizational culture and intellectually diverse workplace. Our workforce and community collaborations advance the laboratory’s mission and accountability to welcome and excite diverse national and global talent. Our hallmarks include sharing knowledge, strengthening professional networks, and assuring equity and inclusion for each member of the lab community.

Why diversity

A workplace culture of inclusion:

  • promotes a cohesive environment which positively impacts productivity, morale, and innovation
  • fosters respect and values each employee’s contributions
  • welcomes the experiences, perspectives, and strengths of a diverse workforce to drive teamwork, innovation, critical analysis and creativity

EDIA Spotlights

Fermilab champions Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility with awards ceremony

May 29, 2024 – Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory celebrated 18 staff members for their outstanding work to further the lab’s goals for equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility during a March award ceremony. Read More.


Inclusive Resources

The LGBTQ+ Benefits Guide website provides a comprehensive summary to readily reference critically important resources, confidentially identify healthcare options, and easily identify points of contact.

Fermilab Alumni Network

The Fermilab Alumni Network (FAN) is a dynamic repository managed by the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility that captures the academic and career profiles of past interns and supports hiring team efforts to fill critical workforce needs for Fermilab’s scientific mission success.

Fermilab employees can request access to this new tool on SharePoint:

DOE Office of Science – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

SC Statement of Commitment

The DOE Office of Science (SC) is fully and unconditionally committed to fostering safe, diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible work, research, and funding environments that value mutual respect and personal integrity. The SC mission is to deliver the scientific discoveries, capabilities, and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and to advance U.S. energy, economic, and national security. SC is the largest federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences in the US; provides support to over 28,000 researchers at national laboratories, universities, and other institutions; and operates 28 national user facilities that serve over 36,000 researchers annually. SC is committed to advancing belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI) across the portfolio of activities we sponsor. SC’s effective stewardship and promotion of safe, accessible, diverse, and inclusive workplaces that value and celebrate the diversity of people, ideas, cultures, and educational backgrounds across the country and that foster a sense of belonging in our scientific community is foundational to delivering on our mission. We are committed to promoting people from all backgrounds, including individuals and communities that were historically underrepresented and minoritized in STEM fields and the activities we sponsor in recognition of our responsibility to serve the public. We also recognize that harnessing a broad range of views, expertise, and experiences drives scientific and technological innovation and enables the SC community to push the frontiers of scientific knowledge for U.S. prosperity and security. Continue reading »

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science  – Office of Scientific Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion