black history month

February 2022
'A Plan of Action'


The "Plan of Action" theme is representative of the significant Black/African Americans such as Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman and many others that had plans to move Black/African Americans from a place of despair, oppression and hopelessness. This year's Black History Month "Plan of Action" theme is to infuse the same motivation to our Black/African American community to develop plans for themselves (i.e, career plans, personal goal setting, etc.), which are instrumental in the continuous efforts to move into a place of equality.

February 1, 2022 - Banner Hanging

African American Employee Resource Group steering committee members Miles Green and Kelly Johnson officially start Black History Month by hanging the ERG banner with the help of Janie Pinterits from the IDEA office.


A Message from Michael Brandt, AAERG Executive Sponsor

"Celebrating February as Black History Month goes back more than 100 years. As the Deputy Director for Operations and the Executive Sponsor of the Lab’s African American Employee Resource Group (AAERG), I ask that you take time this month to join me in learning about Black history and honoring the many contributions of Black leaders past and present."


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Wednesday, February 9 - 12 noon - "A Plan of Action" Speaker Series with Damian Rouson,Staff Scientist, Computing Sciences

Damian Rouson is the Group Lead for the Computer Languages and Systems Software (CLaSS) Group at Berkeley Lab. He is a mechanical engineer with experience in simulating turbulent flows in multiphase, quantum, and magnetohydrodynamic media. He leads the development of the OpenCoarrays parallel runtime library and the Morfeus partial differential equation solver framework. His work at Berkeley Lab involves researching ways to accelerate predictions of climate change's regional impacts, teaching UPC++, and contributing to the LLVM flang Fortran compiler. He holds a B.S. from Howard University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in mechanical engineering. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of California.

Watch the recording of this event: Damian Rouson

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Friday, February 11 - 12 noon - ETA’s 5th Annual Black History Month (BHM) Celebration


Join us for ETA’s 5th annual Black History Month Celebration highlighting black history in science (and more) with a lively game of trivia! This popular event is not to be missed and a great way to connect with allies from across the Lab. This will be a virtual event on Friday, February 11, 2022 @ Noon - 1pm.

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Thursday, February 17 - 12 noon - "A Plan of Action" Speaker Series with Deborah Smith, Sr. Administrator, Physics Division

Deborah joined the Lab in 2005 and spent most of her time at the Lab managing the ALS User Office and coordinating the ALS User Meeting. Currently, she supports the Physics Division’s Sr. Management and works with the division admins to provide excellent customer service to the division’s scientific groups. When she is not supporting Sr. Management, she manages Physics Division Office logistics such as Space Utilization, Property Inventory, Fellowship Searches, and before COVID, Division, Director, and DOE Reviews. She is a people person and looks forward to the day we can all return to the Lab collaborating once again. She has completed a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration Degree from John F. Kennedy University, and a Liberal Arts Associate in Arts Degree, focusing on the Social and Behavioral Sciences from Berkeley City College. She profoundly believes in Work-Life balance, so in her spare time, she likes to read, sew, play with her dogs, attend the theater/symphony, go to the movies, and discuss the Marvel Universe.

Watch the recording of this event: Deborah Smith

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Wednesday, February 23 - 12 noon - "A Plan of Action" Speaker Series with Brieanna Wright, Internship Coordinator, Workforce Development & Education

Brieanna Wright is the Internship Coordinator for Berkeley Lab’s Workforce Development & Education. For more than a decade, Brieanna has worked with students and staff to increase diversity in higher education and build vibrant, inclusive communities. Prior to joining Berkeley Lab in 2021, Brieanna served as the Director of UC Berkeley’s Educational Opportunity Program, where she led the creation of support services for first-generation, low-income, and historically underrepresented students. Brieanna’s work has been recognized with awards from UC Berkeley’s Gender Equity Resource Center and the Excellence in Advising & Student Services Awards Program. She is deeply committed to supporting the development of our next generation of scientists. In her talk, Brieanna will share how she conceptualized a plan of action for her own career path to the Lab.

Watch the recording of this event: Brieanna Wright

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Thursday, February 24 - 12 noon
Black History Month Celebration with Candace Doby: “Courage at Work”


The African American Employee Resource Group (AAERG) and the IDEA Office are pleased to announce that Candace Doby, speaker, author and coach, will join us for this year’s Black History Month Celebration.


Now, more than ever, organizations need leaders to act with courage. They need leaders who are willing and able to take worthwhile risks, navigate through uncertainty, and withstand challenges in order to position their organizations for growth in a constantly shifting corporate and non-profit world. According to research, courage is an essential leadership quality. But, when emerging leaders consider potential failure or rejection in the workplace as outcomes, they can find it difficult to choose courage — opting instead for safety and limited growth. That’s because they don’t know how to evaluate risks or leverage the internal resources they already have to face them. In this presentation, speaker and courage coach Candace Doby helps audience members discover what’s stopping them from stepping outside of their comfort zone at work and how to begin dismantling those barriers so they can take more risks — risks like having hard conversations about diversity and inclusion, showing up authentically for themselves and their teams, and challenging old systems that do not serve new workplace realities.


About Candace:

Candace Doby is an Atlanta-based speaker, author and courage coach who works with universities and organizations to help emerging leaders activate their personal courage in order to perform to their potential in school, work and life. Candace combines a decade of research on courage with her experiences leading marketing teams at Chipotle Mexican Grill, solo traveling to more than 20 countries, writing a book and starting a business. This unique combination equips her with the implementable strategies she shares with audiences to help them get out of their own way and put their mission in motion.

Candace is known for delivering those strategies with a blend of truth, love and a bit of shade to match the realness of courage, which prompts clients to refer to her in-person and virtual presence as “captivating”. Candace holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a master’s degree in Technology and Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also ran track.

Watch the recording of this event: BHM Celebration 2022

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Thursday, February 24 - 5-6pm - Black History Month Groove Lounge

DJ Miles Green invites you to a funky good time! Join us on a journey exploring the endless contribution that African-Americans have made to music, dance, art and culture.

Watch a recording this event: Groove Lounge

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