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Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are employee-driven, executive-sponsored groups organized around a shared set of characteristics, experiences, or purposes related to a historically underrepresented or systemically underserved dimension of diversity. ERGs help Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) enhance a culture of inclusion by providing professional, educational, and social opportunities for all staff. PNNL leadership and the ERGs strongly encourage membership beyond their communities of focus. Events are open to all. Check them out on the Life@PNNL website. Contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at if you have questions.

  • Associated Diverse Abilities @ PNNL Team (ADAPT): ADAPT's mission is to communicate topics related to disabilities awareness to the PNNL community, to impact the PNNL culture by providing improved workplace accessibility, and to develop PNNL's reputation for being an inclusive and accepting workplace for individuals with disabilities.
  • Asian Resource and Outreach Connection (AROC): AROC seeks to encourage, develop, and promote professional growth and success of Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders at PNNL. AROC will celebrate and share Asian and Pacific Islander cultures and values and build awareness of our diversity within PNNL and the broader community.
  • Black Community Connection (BCC): The mission of BCC is to provide a supportive outlet for Black, African American, African, and Caribbean employees at PNNL. It seeks to educate all staff by promoting cultural awareness, diversity, and inclusion. Through leadership development and networking, its members strive to inspire the best version of ourselves while simultaneously paving the way for others.
  • Hispanic Outreach for Leadership and Advancement (HOLA): HOLA offers an opportunity to learn about the Hispanic culture by providing events and forums to speak with members and become more informed and involved. We believe in promoting a community of cultural inclusion through networking, education, and outreach.
  • Native American and Indigenous People (NAIP): This ERG aims to create an inclusive environment for professionals who identify as Native American or Indigenous by promoting Native American heritage through education, networking, and cultural and social opportunities. NAIP focuses on improving the quality of life in the local Native American community by supporting the careers and higher education of the Native American and Indigenous people in the sciences and related fields of study.
  • Prism: The mission of Prism is to promote a safe, inclusive space that fosters an accessible community among LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and additional identities) staff and allies at PNNL. An ally is someone who may not identify as LGBTQ+, but they support diversity, inclusion, and equality. or
  • SPARK: The mission of SPARK is to create a culture of dignity and an environment where all staff can grow, share and emerge as their best selves. SPARK is igniting the careers of women and other gender minorities by providing opportunities for professional development, networking, leadership, and more. We think everyone accomplishes more with a supportive crew of like-minded people and champions. That's why we've built a platform for open, thoughtful dialogue. or
  • Veterans: This ERG seeks to create a sense of community and belonging among our service members and all PNNL staff. Incorporating our unique skills and contributions, we continue focusing on service, community, purpose, and paying it forward. Together we will identify and address challenges faced by Veterans and use our collective network to mentor each other and provide solutions at an institutional level.

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