ERGs are groups of employees who join together based on shared characteristics or life experiences to provide fellowship, friendship and support, enhance career and personal development and contribute to the organization’s vision and values.
ERGs promote diversity and equality by raising awareness and ensuring that group members have a voice in the organization. ERGs are often organized around traits or characteristics of underrepresented groups, for example, ethnicity or race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or veteran status.
At Berkeley Lab, our ERGs also allow employees to participate directly with our ongoing IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, accountability) initiatives and assist in fully integrating IDEA into the Lab’s day-to-day business practices through strategic initiatives and policy-related goals.
The purpose of the gLoBaL ERG is to provide support and a sense of community for Berkeley Lab employees who have moved to the United States from another country via:
Developing the community of international employees to support each other
Raising awareness of the challenges international employees face when moving from their home country to the United States
Celebrating the diverse cultures and unique gifts that international employees bring to the Lab
Creating opportunities for domestic employees to support their international colleagues