Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

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, Laboratory Director




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

EDI Spotlights


For the first time, Fermilab will officially recognize Juneteenth as a paid holiday. In 2021 Juneteenth became a federal holiday marking the 1865 emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. The African American/Black Association Laboratory Resource Group organized two virtual events honoring the holiday, and Fermilab will observe Juneteenth on Monday, June 20, 2022. More information on Juneteenth is available here.

Pride Month

Fermilab takes science to Pride, July 27, 2022

For the first time, Fermilab’s Spectrum (LGBTQ+) Community Laboratory Resource Group participated in the Pride parades of Chicago and Aurora in support of the group’s membership. Information on connecting with Spectrum and downloadable Zoom backgrounds are available on their website.


D&I Spotlights Archives

DOE Office of Science – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) is fully committed to fostering safe, diverse, equitable, and inclusive work, research, and funding environments that value mutual respect and personal integrity. Effective stewardship and promotion of diverse and inclusive workplaces that value and celebrate a diversity of people, ideas, cultures, and educational backgrounds is foundational to delivering on the SC mission. The scientific community engaged in SC-sponsored activities is expected to be respectful, ethical, and professional. More »