New workplace inclusion series starts on Jan. 31

Sandra Charles

Editor’s note: The Jan. 31 talk “Having Sight vs Having Vision,” is canceled because of the inclement weather.

Biases, conscious or unconscious, are learned social stereotypes that have real effects in the workplace.

In an effort to provide Fermilab employees and users with practical tools and resources that interrupt bias and promote workplace inclusion, we are holding a new unconscious-bias training series throughout 2019. “Inclusion Matters: Unpacking Bias. Building Inclusion.” explores individual, organizational and societal factors that influence the intersection of diversity, equity and inclusion. Participants will be challenged to examine their assumptions, increase their awareness, and consider the impact of their actions and inactions.

This series responds to DOE feedback on our annual Laboratory Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan suggesting that all employees have the benefit of unconscious bias training. As a measure of accountability, this training requirement has been placed on each employee’s ITNA. The requirement is satisfied by attending any one of the 15 talks or workshops. The series’s capacity allows for all employees to attend one or more offerings.

The topics are wide-ranging: “Re-routing Social Bias,” “Taking Adversity out of Diversity,” and “Leading from Every Seat,” just to name a few. The series presenters are thoughtful and engaging voices for diversity and leading authorities in their fields. The first talk, titled “Having Sight vs Having Vision,” takes place on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 1:30 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.

Take a look at the calendar to find a topic or speaker that interests you. To reserve your seat, simply indicate your event selection on your ITNA. Each employee has the flexibility to select their own series event to satisfy the training requirement.

We’re excited to bring this year-long slate of esteemed speakers to lab employees. Our goal is to offer everyone diverse opportunities for personal and professional introspection.

If you have questions, you can reach me at scharles@fnal.gov or Mario Lucero at mlucero@fnal.gov.

Sandra Charles is the Fermilab talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion manager.