Diversity and Inclusion

Energy Storage & Distributed Resources (ESDR)

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee Mission Statement and Charter

Great science is achieved through diversity, inclusion, and equity.  At our core, we believe in treating everyone with respect and dignity.  Our goals are to ensure that our Division’s processes for hiring, discussing science, and developing proposals are fair, promote our core values, and allowing everyone a voice.

The ESDR IDEA committee was formed in August, 2020 to communicate and promote the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability to the Division. To this end, we will inform the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division of resources that are available at the Lab and elsewhere, investigate and recommend best practices in hiring, management of personnel, administration, and research, as well as sponsor activities promoting IDEA. We will coordinate and harmonize our efforts with those of the ETA IDEA committee, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Office at LBNL, and analogous entities at the University of California at Berkeley campus.

Members of the committee shall be comprised of ESDR staff, and selected to ensure the broadest possible representation of the division. Each member will serve for two years, with an option to renew if desired. A chair, whose responsibility is to run the meetings, will serve a two-year term with no option to renew, and will not have voting privileges. Vacancies will be filled in a timely fashion, ideally, within two months. The committee will meet monthly. In the case where the chair is not available, he or she will select an alternative to carry out duties.

LBNL Resources

Berkeley Lab Inclusion Diversity Equity Accountability: diversity.lbl.gov

Berkeley Lab Employee Resource Groups: berkeleylab-erg.lbl.gov/

Berkeley Lab Onboarding and New Hire Resources

COVID-19 Information: https://covid.lbl.gov/wellness

Employee Assistance Counseling Program: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/bewellatwork/employee-assistance

Fundamental Rights | Affirmative Action | Impartial Investigations | Respectful Environment (FAIR) Office: https://fair.lbl.gov/

Lambda Alliance Employee Resource Group: https://lambda.lbl.gov/

My [email protected] Berkeley Lab: https://myfamilyberkeleylab.lbl.gov/

Postdoc Program Resources:

UC Berkeley Resources

Be Well at Work: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/bewellatwork

UC Berkeley Division of Equity & Inclusion: diversity.berkeley.edu/

Elder Care Program: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/facstaff/eldercare

Emergencies and Crises: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/emergency#community

Other Resources

Harvard Business Review, "How to Be an Inclusive Leader Through a Crisis": hbr.org/2020/04/how-to-be-an-inclusive-leader-through-a-crisis

Nature, "If you can’t be kind in peer review, be neutral": https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03394-y?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=organic&utm_campaign=NGMT_USG_JC01_GL_Nature

Nature, "How LGBT+ scientists would like to be included and welcomed in STEM workplaces": www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02949-3

Events of Interest

MRS Ondemand Webinar Series, "Intersections of Underrepresentation in Materials Science and Engineering": https://mrs.digitellinc.com/mrs/sessions/32259/view (view the recording)

Recommended Readings and Resources on IDEA*

Boerner, Leigh Krietsch. Chemical and Engineering News. "Podcast: Chemists debate the value of name reactions in organic chemistry": https://cen.acs.org/synthesis/reaction-mechanisms/Podcast-Chemists-debate-value-name-reactions-in-organic-chemistry/98/web/2020/08.

Ehrler, Bruno, Eline M. Hutter, and Joseph J. Berry. 2021. The Complicated Morality of Named Inventions. ACS Energy Letters 6, 565-567. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsenergylett.0c02657.

Berkeley Diversity. Anti-racism Resources: https://diversity.berkeley.edu/anti-racism-resources-0

Greater Good Science Center. Resources to Support Anti-Rascist Learning: https://ggie.berkeley.edu/school-challenges/anti-racist-resources-for-educators/?_ga=2.237947010.366685995.1610997680-1539857911.1598650412#tab__2

O'Neil, Cathy. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. 

*The resources provided here are solely for informational and educational purposes. The ESDR IDEA committee does not advocate for a specific position on any of these topics.  


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IDEA Committee Members (term August 2020 - August 2022)

Liaison to ETA IDEA Committee
Liaison to UC Berkeley DEI Committee