Inclusion Matters Past Events

 Inclusion Matters 2021 Highlights

EDI Contribution Recognition: Quarterly highlights on the contributions by members of the Fermilab community in promoting diversity and inclusion. Employees were nominated by their colleagues, and they were showcased in Fermilab today and the monthly Particles newsletter as an expression of gratitude.

Inclusive Communication with Gratitude: Led by DEI trainer Anna Burroughs, this event featured strategies and techniques for integrating elements of appreciation for cultural differences and contributions of Fermilab staff. Attendees examined their own cultural identities while learning how to effectively communicate with people of different backgrounds and identities.

Presentation on Microaggressions: Dr. Adia Gooden provided practical strategies in understanding microaggressions and identifying their impact in the workplace. 

Imposter Syndrome: Pearl Sandick of the University of Utah presented on the causes of impostor syndrome in young scientists and possible solutions as young members take more steps in their career. The presentation included tips for Fermilab mentors on understanding and combating imposter syndrome. 

Additional and returning programming included:

  • People First Language in the Workplace, a workshop on acknowledging people are not defined by their disabilities or any single characteristic. Instead we work to promote a gratitude-based culture by developing language that promotes Fermilab community members.
  • LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Training, a workshop developed by the Spectrum Community LRG on creating a welcoming and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ members of the Fermilab community.
  • Panels and symposiums for the Laboratory Resource Groups where members and leaders can talk about their missions, current initiatives, and ways to get involved.
  • Virtual film screening of the 2020 documentary “Picture a Scientist.” The movie describes the issues female scientists face when entering academia.

Inclusion Matters 2020 Highlights

With a theme of “Building a Sense of Community,” the 2020 program built on the awareness that the 2019 series raised of the impact of social stereotypes, or biases, on workforce diversity and workplace inclusion. We should all be aware of the role each of us plays in contributing to a positive workplace culture.

Cultural Empowerment Series: Chicago Sinfonietta hosted programs in honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month using classical and contemporary music to celebrate the accomplishments of diverse artists while highlighting how we all benefit from diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through these specially designed programs, the Chicago Sinfonietta elevates cultural understanding in an intimate, interactive setting while inspiring and educating participants.

Allyship + Bystander Intervention Workshop: Defining the meaning of allyship from a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) perspective in order to act as an effective ally; while understand the complex dynamics and “what can be done” in terms of bystander intervention. Roundtable scenarios allowed participants to work on situations that may require allyship or bystander intervention.

Safety Leadership: Building Commitment by Caring: An interaction session reviewing safety leadership principles, fundamentals of a just culture, understanding human error and influences on risk-taking, and a proven approach for effective safety conversation.

Multi-Generational programming: “A Chat with Millennials” Q&A with the Fermi Young Professionals LRG and “Managing the Multi-Generational Workforce” with Dr. Rob DelCampo on improving workforce interaction and preparing the laboratory for the future of the multi-generational workforce.

Additional and returning programming included:

  • People First Language in the Workplace, a workshop on acknowledging people are not defined by their disabilities or any single characteristic. Instead we work to promote a gratitude-based culture by developing language that promotes Fermilab community members.
  • LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Training, a workshop developed by the Spectrum Community LRG on creating a welcoming and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ members of the Fermilab community.
  • EEOC Training Institute: Respect in the Workplace, a workshop held multiple times throughout the year to focus on respect, acceptable workplace conduct, and the types of behaviors that contribute to a respectful and inclusive, and therefore ultimately more productive workplace. Course objectives include a section for reviewing Fermilab’s own harassment prevention policies and procedures.

Inclusion Matters 2019 Highlights

Biases, conscious or unconscious, are learned social stereotypes that have real effects in the workplace. This series explores individual, organizational and societal factors that influence the intersection of diversity, equity and inclusion. Participants were challenged to examine their assumptions, increase their awareness, and consider the impact of their actions and inactions. Attending any of the Inclusion Matters Series in 2019 satisfied an individual training needs assessment required of all Fermilab employees.

Gender Equity, Power Structures & Implicit Bias in STEM: Dr. Elizabeth H. Simmons, a highly-distinguished physicist and advocate for diversity in science, discussed gender equity in physics and how to minimize the impact of implicit bias in STEM.

Leading from Every Seat – Chicago Sinfonietta: This interactive experience demonstrated the value proposition of inclusive leadership, cross-cultural intelligence, and the creative power of diverse work teams. The Chicago Sinfonietta shares its innovative model for embracing diversity and promoting inclusion to encourage critical conversations about equity.

Dr. Maura Cullen presented “Dumb Things Well-Intentioned People Say” on July 16, 2019 in Ramsay Auditorium

Pop Culture & Perceptions: Unpacking the Social Construction of Asian Americans: Using a critical race-theory lens and a historical framework, Dr. Mark R. Martell’s talk unpacked themes underlying the presentation of Asian Americans in pop culture and mainstream popular media.

Conscious & Non-Conscious Biases: Evidence-Based Strategies for Change: Dr. Ashburn-Nardo delivered an academic presentation on research where participants learned individual and organizational strategies for reducing conscious and non-conscious biases in the workplace.

Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: 10 Skills to Increase Your Diversity Competence: Dr. Maura Cullen offered practical ways to quickly transform the quality and effectiveness of our interactions.

Additional programming included:

  • LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Training, a workshop developed by the Spectrum Community LRG on creating a welcoming and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ members of the Fermilab community.