The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council

PSC digital Suite

“A diverse workforce, with a variety of perspectives and experiences, working in an inclusive environment where all voices are heard and contributions are valued, will unlock new scientific and technological frontiers to positively impact our community, nation and world.” – Argonne Director Paul Kearns

The future success of Argonne depends on our ability to recruit and train a diverse workforce. The Photon Sciences Division (PSC) and its user community represent a wide spectrum of ages, races, abilities, gender identities, national origins, religions and experiences. It is the combination of all of those backgrounds, plus our different research disciplines, levels of education and academic affiliations, that help make this a collaborative and innovative division to work in.

The laboratory’s core values of Impact, Safety, Integrity, Respect and Teamwork are the foundation for this community. It is up to all of us to build on those core values to create an equitable and inclusive culture. Argonne is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion for all employees, and the laboratory has launched an action plan to address systemic issues of inequality.

Each of us can help to ensure that all PSC employees and users have the opportunity to work in an equitable and inclusive culture, and to advance to the fullest extent of their skills and abilities.

The PSC DE&I council is composed of representatives from all four PSC divisions and reports to the Lab Director's Council. Our mission, vision and FY2021 Goals can be found here #TeamWorkMakesTheBeamWork.

What is Diversity, Equity & Inclusion?
  • Diversity is the recognition of each person’s unique background and abilities. This provides the potential for greater innovation and creativity.
  • Inclusion is the act of bringing each of those unique individuals into the whole, where they can contribute. This enables organizations to realize the benefits of the potential diversity provides.

  • Equity is the fair and respectful treatment of all people. It is different from equality in that it provides people with the resources and opportunities they need, specific to their histories and circumstances. Equity is achieved when people have the same opportunities to obtain benefits, even if the outcomes are unequal.

Diversity and inclusion are two halves of the whole; equity is the glue that holds them together.

In order to achieve our goals of providing an inclusive and equitable workplace, we need to do everything we can to identify and eliminate unfair biases, stereotypes or barriers that may limit the full potential of our diverse community.

What can you do to help? 




Upcoming Events

Voice of PSC, 1-2PM: every 3rd Thursday of the month on Teams

  • Updates on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activities
  • Open forum to share thoughts, ideas and concerns
  • Next meeting January 20, 2022 at 1PM:
    • What is the bystander effect? Did you know that the greater the number of people present, the less likely people are to help a person in distress? Check out this 3 minute video about the bystander effect
    • What is bystander intervention? You might think that if you ever heard/saw something happening, it would be obvious what to do. But in fact, it's not uncommon for people to be caught off guard. Sometimes it's because the behavior is so outrageous that you can't quite believe what you're hearing/seeing. Or, it happens so fast that you miss an opportunity to say something in the moment. That's why a little forethought and/or training can be helpful : What is bystander intervention? (3 minute read)

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Past Events

PSC DEI Quarterly E-News:


Allyship Success in Research and Development (10-12PM on Nov 10th, 2021):

  • Hosted by Dale Carnegie, this webinar focuses on how we can create diversity of thought and increase emotional intelligence to strengthen our collaboration, problem solving, and decision making within Argonne.
    • Strengthen our emotional intelligence to build better relationships with other
    • Support a vibrant work culture by improving our interactions with others
    • Utilize inclusion best practices to strengthen culture and relationships
    • Apply principles that build trust and rapport with others
    • Identify opportunities to improve relationships with team members and other colleagues
    • Make commitments to ourselves and others to help bridge differences
  • For more info please email Arista Thurman or Becky Sikes


Cross-Council Collaborative Learning Club:

Implicit bias workshop (Aug-Sep 2020):

  • Equity-mindedness: Identifying and Interrupting Implicit Bias through Candid Conversations - Dr Coleman
    (Slides to come).

July 7th, 2020: Fighting Racism in the Workplace: What You Can Do?

June 25th, 2020 - PSC: Conversation on Systemic Racism

June 10th, 2020 - A Strike For Black Lives:

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