Register now for Inclusion Matters workshops – June-August

Sandra Charles

We continue to make the laboratory’s Inclusion Matters workshop offerings available online, and I encourage all who have not yet fulfilled their annual training requirement to take a look at the opportunities below.

Some of you have already taken an Inclusion Matters course and may want to learn more on a particular topic. In that case, by all means, sign up to participate to discuss physics and disability, person-first language, imposter syndrome, or allyship and bystander intervention.

Register now. Registration for a workshop closes at noon the day before. Registered participants will receive an email with a Zoom link the day before the workshop, so keep your eyes open for the link.

All employees are required to take an Inclusion Matters 2020 workshop. Only one is required.

Finally, if you have questions about registering for the workshops, contact Joel Kofron at

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

All listed times are Central time.

Physics and Disability: Supporting the Variety of Peoples’ Needs, Abilities and Interests
Monday, June 15, noon-1 p.m.
Eric Scanlon, University of Central Florida
Jackie Chin, associate professor of physics, University of Central Florida

All people inherently vary in terms of their needs, abilities and interests. However, previous research indicated that physicists receive little training about supporting people with disabilities, physics curricular materials are not designed to support students with disabilities, and STEM professionals hold more negative views about people with disabilities than their peers in other academic disciplines. In this talk, we will discuss ableism in the academy and STEM community, theories of disability, disability in physics, and mechanisms, tools, and considerations to plan for variation in peoples’ needs, abilities, and interests.


Person First Language Seminar
Thursday, June 25, 9-10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 9-10:30 a.m.
Katie Algrim, director of Innovative Professional Learning, Kane County Regional Office of Education

“Billy’s autistic.” “Billy has a diagnosis of Autism.” 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.


Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Thursday, July 14, 10-11:30 a.m.
Adia Gooden, director of Community Programs and Outcome Measurement, Family Institute at Northwestern University

Imposter syndrome is something that many high-achieving people experience, and it can lead to stress and impede people from reaching their full potential. Imposter syndrome can be particularly difficult for people from underrepresented groups who are working in predominantly white and predominantly male STEM environments. This experiential workshop will provide a supportive space for Fermilab employees to understand imposter syndrome, discuss their experiences related to imposter syndrome, engage in a visioning exercise, and learn and begin to practice strategies to overcome imposter syndrome.


Allyship and Bystander Intervention
Thursday, July 16, 9:30-11:45 a.m. (10-minute break)
Noor Ali, NOVA Collective

At Fermilab, our commitment to diversity and inclusion remains strong — even through unprecedented times of change. We know that fostering diverse teams and inclusive environments (even virtually) supports our overall mission. And we believe that engaging in these topics is a unique professional development opportunity that can help any employee develop critical skills.