This year’s diversity and inclusion training series, Inclusion Matters: Building a Sense of Community, starts up this month. It builds on the awareness that last year’s series raised of the impact of social stereotypes and biases in the workforce. The training requirement has been placed on each employee’s ITNA, and the first presentation, by the Chicago Sinfonietta, takes place on Thursday, Feb. 20, in Ramsey Auditorium.

Physics professor Jason Nordhaus is working to reduce barriers to STEM for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, who face numerous barriers when trying to study technical STEM fields like physics. Physicists like Nordhaus are trying to change all that with specialized programs, classes and interpreter training, all aimed at reducing barriers in STEM.

Continuing this year’s theme of Journeys: Paths to the Academy, we have invited Dr. Roy Clarke, Marcellus L. Wiedenbeck Collegiate Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan, creator of the Applied Physics program, and recipient of the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Dr. Clarke will detail his experiences designing a graduate physics program that has a 90% completion rate while still managing to serve 70% more women and 92% more people of color…

Fermilab’s Inclusivity Journal Club seeks answers to difficult social questions in science. A typical meeting includes physicists and postdoctoral researchers as well as non-science staff; students are also welcome to attend. Members read and discuss reports and peer-reviewed papers that address issues such as sexual harassment, implicit bias and best practices for expanding inclusivity.

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.

From Daily Herald, Nov. 7, 2018: Fermilab’s innovative VetTech program began when Fermilab approached the College of DuPage about hiring student veterans in such fields as engineering, computers, automotive service, manufacturing and HVACR for full-time paid internships.