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Title: General Sciences Diversity Plan

General Sciences Diversity Plan
  • Jim Siegrist, Bill Barletta, James Symons
  • 30 August 2005
  • With the GS Workplace Committee

The Recent Profile for Physicists
  • Percentage of women/minorities physicists

Data available for Physics Division only
FY04 Issues Goals
  • The issues we needed to address in FY04 continued
    to be issues of awareness, recruitment and
    workplace environment.
  • Our goals to address these issues were
  • To raise awareness among GS staff of the many
    topics making up the concept of diversity in the
  • To partner with Work Force Diversity Office,
    Human Resources Department, the Best Practices
    Diversity Council and other interested Divisions
    to promote a comprehensive plan for Strategic
  • To improve the workplace environment for all
    members of the GS community, including matrixed

FY04 Accomplishments
  • Many GS staff involved in education outreach
    individualy. Activities to be posted our web
  • Southern Univ. (HBCU) Prof. Ali Fazely
    undergrad Leslie Sanford with Prof. Bob Jacobsen
    (UCB/LBNL) and Dr. Peggy McMahan (NSD) at 88"
  • Undergrad Tannus Joubert with Dr. Spencer Klein
    (NSD) on IceCube. Won 3rd place for poster on
    IceCube at 2004 Lousiana Alliance for Minority
    Participation conference.
  • Prof. Sekazi Mtingwa (Harvard) at AFRD, summer
    2004 on Linear Collider project with Dr. Andy
    Wolski of CBP, Theory Group.
  • Pilot Plan for strategic recruiting was proposed
    by Gerry Abrams.
  • Implemented in Phys. Div. for the Chamberlain
    Fellowship search and presented to AFRD, NSD.
  • Adopted as recommendation by lab Diversity Best
    Practice Council.
  • Brown bag held to discuss roles and
    responsibilities for supervisors.

FY04 Accomplishments (Cont.)
  • GSWC presented to the GS Directors a list of
    performance expectations for supervisors.
  • Many were found to be already covered in current
    performance reviews.
  • AFRD distributed the Supervisor Expectations
    to program heads and supervisors as resource
  • The GSWC held postdoc career planning workshop
  • "Careers for Physicists in Biotechnology One
    Womans Experience," Dr. Maria Isaac (former
    UCB, NSD postdoc), of Optiscan BioMedical,
    discussed her experiences in biotech industry.
  • New rules for NSD postdoc re-appointments to
    promote career development were adopted  

FY04 Accomplishments (Cont.)
  • Mentoring of post docs new NSD staff studied.
  • Would mentoring benefit under-represented groups?
  • This was found not to be the case at present
  • Revisit when more under-represented are hired.
  • GS all-hands diversity awareness meeting held on
    May 10, 2004.
  • Web page development for the GSWC planned to
    promote diversity awareness.
  • The AFRD Director is member of APS Committee on
    Minorities. (includes mentor relation with three
    minority scholarship awardees)
  • Chair-elect of APS Forum on Education, Peggy
    McMahan (NSD) is very active on the national

FY05/FY06 Activities
  • We continue to focus on the issues and goals
    addressed in previous years
  • Education and Public Outreach (EPO)
  • Scientific and Technical Staff Pipeline
  • Strategic Recruiting
  • Workforce Development
  • Communication/Awareness

Education and Public Outreach (EPO)
  • Develop a GS Workplace Committee web page
  • Resources were allocated
  • Networking with college faculty and high school
  • High school students
  • Summer programs (undergraduate and graduate
  • Attend Conferences and workshops
  • NSBP (National Society for Black Physicists) and
    NSHP (National Society for Hispanic Physicists)
  • 2006 Joint Annual Conference of the National
    Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and the
    National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP),
    February 15 - 18, 2006, San Jose, CA
  • The National Black Student Conference
  • at LBNL in 2006 !
  • SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and
    Native Americans in Science)
  • Next national conference Science for America's
    Future, Denver, CO, September 29-October 2, 2005

Scientific and Technical Staff Pipeline
  • Continue to work with CSEE to place women and
    minority students for internship to pursue
    scientific research careers.
  • High school students
  • Undergraduate students
  • Continue to partner with faculties in Minority
    Serving Institutions
  • Collaborate with the Work Force Diversity Office
    and the Best Practices Council to facilitate
    these efforts.

Strategic Recruiting
  • Develop policies and procedures for improved
    strategic recruiting, using "Living Lists" of
    qualified individuals who are potential
    candidates for future open positions in the
    general sciences.
  • Revise hiring procedures to ensure that positions
    are advertised to as many under-represented
    candidates as possible.
  • NSD has adopted new hiring procedures to enhance
    strategic recruiting, using the living list
  • Physics and AFRD are in the process of
    formulating revised procedures

Workforce Development
  • Organize quarterly Brown Bag Lunch Meetings on
    topics like
  • leadership and supervisory growth
  • career planning
  • diversity
  • immigration issues
  • First Brown Bag Lunch October 17thTitle
    Immigration and Foreign Workers Issues
  • Second Brown Bag Lunch preliminary planned for
    January 2006Title Students and Visitors at
    GS--Rules, Funding, Fellowship, Time lines
  • Initiate a dialog with HR, on how to conduct a
    survey on the Workplace Climate of the GS

  • Hold a General Sciences all-hands diversity
    awareness meeting with emphasis on the diversity
    issues in strategic recruiting.
  • expect to occur in October 2005
  • Maintain a web-site for the General Sciences
    Workplace Committee to communicate with
  • Organize a session at the American Physical
    Society April meeting for entry-level minority