Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



abilities imageLLNL Abilities Champions Employee Resource Group promotes the inclusion of interns and employees with physical, psychological, developmental and neurocognitive differences as valuable contributors to the Laboratory’s mission by:

  • Enhancing the overall diversity of Laboratory employees through strengthening LLNL’s commitment to hiring and retaining individuals with physical, psychological, developmental, and neurocognitive differences.
  • Redefining what constitutes “genius” at LLNL by expanding the ways we think about which individuals can carry out what roles and broaden our current ways of thinking and problem solving.
  • Broadening the pool of employees who carry out our mission, enhancing our talented, committed workforce, and meeting important national goals for engaging Americans with impairments by:
    • Improving abilities awareness and management best practices through supervisor training and educational resources for all employees.
    • Increasing the pipeline of STEM workforce through dedicated summer student programs, such as the existing Partnership with Orion Academy for high school students with neurocognitive disorders.
    • Expanding internship opportunities for veterans with emphasis on veterans with physical, psychological, and neurocognitive differences.
    • Developing cooperative college internship partnerships with local universities and colleges such as Cal State East Bay, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Stanford University and local Community Colleges.
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    • Helping the Laboratory achieve compliance with Federal regulations related to the Rehabilitation Act, targeting 7% utilization for qualified individuals with disabilities employed by Federal contractors and subcontractors, deliberately enhancing the intern pipeline.
    • Improving the accuracy of physical, psychological, developmental, and neurocognitive differences reporting through staff awareness.
    • Including individuals with physical, psychological, developmental, and neurocognitive differences in allocating the summer student transition fund.
  • Encouraging significant Laboratory recognition through the Engagement and Inclusion Awards Program for supervisors, mentors and hiring managers who hire and support individuals with physical, psychological, developmental, and neurocognitive differences.
  • Performing an Ombuds role, working with SHRM to identify job opportunities across the Laboratory, working with Akima, identifying community resources with connections and support services, serving as a resource for hiring managers, and engaging other Engagement and Inclusion Employee Resource Groups where interests converge.
  • Coordinating/cooperating with other national laboratories and DOE/NNSA to develop and share resources and implement joint programs where feasible.
  • Contributing to the Bay Area community as a model employer of individuals with physical, psychological, developmental and neurocognitive differences.

Contacts: Christine Hartmann, Sharon Bobbitt, Brian Giera, Christine Hearn