African american erg

Mission

Berkeley Lab’s African-American Employee Resource Group (AAERG) aims to advance a diverse and inclusive work environment with a particular focus on African-American current and future employees. Working through a dedicated network of professionals, the AAERG undertakes internal and external activities to attract, retain, empower, and inspire African-American employees. These efforts are geared toward helping African-American staff members achieve their fullest potential across the spectrum of professional development and employment opportunities at Berkeley Lab, including those for scientists, engineers, technologists, and operations staff.

2021 All Member Meetings

  • March 17, 2021 @12noon

  • June 16, 2021 @12noon

  • September 15, 2021 @12noon

  • December 15, 2021 (*Holiday Event/Party)

2020 Accomplishments

  • Hosted the 3rd Annual Holiday Social and 3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration Events

  • Participated in the All ERG open house

  • Participated in National Labs ERG leadership summit at LLNL.

  • Hosted virtual coffee hours and virtual happy hours to build community during shelter-in-place.

  • Held an AAERG Forum In Honor of Juneteenth ~ Empowering Ourselves to Inspire Positive Change

  • Hosted a career workshop and provided three one-on-one sessions with a career counselor - "Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace"

  • Worked with Lab leadership in response to national focus on racial equity issues.

  • Met with UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May

Past News & Events

Steering Committee

  • Colette Flood, Workforce Development & Education, Human Resources - CLFlood@lbl.gov

  • Miles Green, IT Collaboration Services - Audio Visual Specialist - milesgreen@lbl.gov

  • Kelly Johnson, Talent Outreach, Human Resources - KNJohnson@lbl.gov

  • Angela Kumar, Senior Resource Analyst, ETA - ADKumar@lbl.gov

  • LaTonja Wright, Human Resources - lswright@lbl.gov

Sub-Committees

  • Attract/Recruit - Outreach efforts to attract and recruit qualified Black/African American talent to Research and Business Operations positions at Berkeley Lab.

  • Retain - Support the retention of Black/African American employees by creating a culture of belonging within the AAERG: virtual social events, check-ins, and wellness.

  • Empower - Offer ongoing and updated tools and resources to members so that they can successfully manage career goals and develop the professional skills that allow them to represent their own interests in a self-determined way

  • Inspire - Host annual Black History Month and other celebrations to showcase the history and accomplishments of Blacks / African Americans.

Executive Sponsor

Michael Brandt, Deputy Lab Director for Operations

Contact Information

You can also contact the AAERG Steering Committee at aaerg-sc@lbl.gov.