Inclusion Matters

Inclusion Matters is an annual series of lectures, trainings, and informational symposiums to give employees the tools they need to ensure we at Fermilab can foster a positive community and help to advance the efforts of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Inclusion Matters 2022: Embracing the Authenticity of Each Other

2022 Program Descriptions & Event Registration Info

April 7, 2022 – Person-first Language in the Workplace

“Kevin’s handicapped”…”Kevin is a person with a disability”… Can you hear the difference? This is an example of Person First Language. As a society we must first acknowledge that people with disabilities are people first, they are not their disability. Person first language recognizes that ALL people have many different characteristics, skills, strengths, challenges, and interests; having a disability should not define who you are or the way you are viewed by others. Katie Algrim of the Regional Office of Education of Kane County presents on developing a culture that emphasizes members of the community first. It promotes a gratitude-based culture by developing language that promotes the Fermilab community members.


The leadership and members of the Fermilab Asian Pacific Association got together to engage with author Ken Liu’s presentation on May 6, 2022.

May 6, 2022 – The Misreadings of “The Paper Menagerie”

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Asian Pacific Association LRG welcomed author Ken Liu in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Liu presented a lecture on his short story “The Paper Menagerie.” It tells a heart-touching story of a biracial child with an American dad and Chinese mom, illustrating the hardship of identity and self-acceptance. The discussion focused on the inspirations behind the story, its reception, and why the label “Asian-American literature” often generates flawed interpretive frameworks for American literature by writers of Asian descent.

Recording available upon request to Fermilab employees


May 11, 2022 – Virtual Wellness Wednesday and Inclusion Matters Workshop: Mental Health Awareness 

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Benefits & Wellbeing Office co-sponsored a Wellness Wednesday Workshop as a part of Mental Health Awareness Month. The workshop was facilitated live by ComPsych-EUAP, Fermilab’s employee assistance program provider. The workshop focused on removing the stigma associated with mental illness, and the facilitators educated employees on recognizing the signs and symptoms of distress to provide support to their fellow coworkers.


June 7, 2022 – DuSable Museum Panel Discussion

Three speakers from the DuSable Museum of African American History spoke on the meaning of freedom over time and how we engage with freedom.

As part of Fermilab’s first Juneteenth celebration, three panelists from the DuSable Museum of African American History will speak about how we engage with freedom. The DuSable Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate that holds and hosts paintings, sculpture, print

works, historical memorabilia, exhibitions, workshops and lectures, all with a focus on celebrating Black culture.

Recording available upon request to Fermilab employees


June 15, 2022, 3 – 4 p.m. – Juneteenth Keynote: Michael Childress, President, DuPage County NAACP

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and African American/Black Association LRG will co-host Dr. Childress, President of the DuPage County NAACP, for a keynote lecture on the historical context of Juneteenth and the holiday’s significance and importance today.

Recording available upon request to Fermilab employees


June 24, 2022, 1 – 2:30 p.m. – LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Training

An interactive presentation created especially for the Fermilab Community by the Spectrum LRG on creating welcoming and inclusive spaces. The focus is placed on using language accepted within the LGBTQ+ community and how we can all foster an environment of understanding, acceptance, and equality. Presenters of this workshop are Fermilab employees who discuss what inclusion looks like, what a safe zone is, and how we can put inclusion into practice every day.


October 5, , 2022, 1 – 2 p.m. – Latinas in STEM

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will help honor National Hispanic Heritage Month by showcasing the Latinas in STEM Foundation. Michelle L. Mejia, Latinas in STEM representative, will introduce the foundation and give a presentation on “How we can work together to build a more inclusive STEM future.”


October 18, 2022, 1 – 2 p.m. – LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Training

A presentation on creating a welcoming and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ members of the Fermilab community. The focus is placed on using language accepted within the LGBTQ+ community. The event will discuss how to appreciate the presence of LGBTQ+ members and create a welcoming community that thanks Fermilab members for their membership in the community.

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October 26, 2022 – Professional Cultures and Inequality in STEM

Can the culture of STEM help reproduce inequality? The professional cultures of STEM, which give each discipline its particular “feel” and unite discipline members under a taken-for-granted system of meanings and values, are not benign. Drawing from several NSF-funded survey and interview-based studies, Dr. Erin Cech of the University of Michigan poses that these professional cultures can have built within them disadvantages for women and other under-represented groups in STEM.

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Questions? Contact Anahi Ruiz Beltran, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist for Climate, Culture and Belonging