Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (IDEA)
A diverse workforce and inclusive culture drive LLNL’s innovation
At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), our leaders and employees are committed to creating an environment where we respect and value the diverse talents, perspectives, ideas, backgrounds, and life experiences of all employees. We believe this gives rise to the most innovative ideas and fosters our ability to take on and solve grand challenges that our mission demands.
Investments in the development of our workforce and in the practice of “team science,” and the team approach throughout LLNL, are a vital component of our success. We are always expanding the definition of “team” through a healthy research culture of workforce diversity, inclusion, mutual respect, openness, interdisciplinary teaming, and partnerships.
Developing our employees and our Lab’s culture
We have a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive environment that offers a variety of ways for employees to engage, learn, and share perspectives.
We invest in our employees by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth through continuing education, invited speakers, "Lunch and Learn" meetings with leaders, workshops, development courses, employee resource groups, and celebrations.
For more about the various educational opportunities, employee resource groups, and community events at LLNL, visit Employee Engagement.
Our People in Action
Our employees form diverse, multidisciplinary teams of talented individuals who share a collective passion for results.
Explore their stories, learn more about their areas of work (e.g., Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H), Science and Technology (S&T), and Operations and Business (O&B)), and see how they have contributed to the Laboratory’s success.
“Our elders emphasized the importance of understanding our traditions, a realization that has grown increasingly significant to me,” Forde said. “The preservation and dissemination of our cultural practices are vital in ensuring their survival.”
A noteworthy member of The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians tribe, Laura Forde epitomizes the blending of cultural heritage and contemporary pursuits. Her upbringing was deeply rooted in the rich tapestry of her tribe’s language, traditions and cultural morality, forming an integral part of her life's narrative.
“People often overlook the fact that the deaf community is a microcosm of the hearing community,” Rodrigues said. “There are deaf people from all walks of life, and just because we can’t hear or speak, it doesn’t mean we can’t achieve the same goals in our lives as everyone else.
Bradley Rodrigues comes from two different worlds: the deaf community and his hearing family.
“Diversity and inclusion creates an environment of mutual respect resulting in increased recruiting opportunities and higher employee retention. Our differences can create a space that employees of all backgrounds thrive in. Diversity at the Lab brings people with varying perspectives and viewpoints together to work as a team, generate ideas, and solve complex problems.”
Jenessa relocated from Southern California to be closer to family.
“I think a lot of people don’t know about the Cambodian genocide,” he said. “Something like 2 million Cambodians were massacred, and I feel very fortunate that my parents escaped that and made their way to America so that my sister and I could live a better life.”
Jacques Dy enlisted in the Air Force Reserves in 2021, shortly after joining Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as an electronics technologist with the Controls Engineering team at LLNL’s Site 300 Firing Operations.
“It’s important to me to bring a holistic lens to everything we do here,” she said. “My job is much more than health and productivity – it’s also about creating a culture of compassion that leaders can get behind and finding ways to take care of employees from the day they arrive.”
Irene Umipig’s story begins with a serendipitous encounter: her parents met while working at the same Honolulu hospital after immigrating from the same province in the Philippines.
“I think we all have work to do – every one of us,” Klein said. “We can all get better in some way or another at making ourselves and the Lab more accepting. More welcoming. More inclusive.”
In her nearly 40 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Julie Klein has seen a lot of change in the world through the Lab’s lens.
Striving to inspire and develop the next generation
We work to promote a diverse and talented pipeline through outreach and engagement with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. In particular, LLNL contributes to under-represented, marginalized communities. These STEM programs are just a part of LLNL’s overall outreach effort.
For more about our K-12 student and teacher opportunities and our workforce relationships, visit Broadening Participation.
For more information on IDEA at LLNL or our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, or to schedule an appointment to review our Affirmative Action Plan (available at 7000 East Ave, Livermore, CA. 94550) during regular business hours, please contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability Office at idea [at] llnl.gov (idea[at]llnl[dot]gov).
Beware of Fraudulent Job Postings
Please be aware of recruitment scams where people or entities are misusing the name of LLNL to post fraudulent job postings. We will never charge a fee for joining our company and to vet the authenticity of an employee at LLNL before providing personal information, please have them provide you their name and phone number and verify at people.llnl.gov.
LLNS is committed to a discrimination-free workplace and neither condones nor tolerates practices that discriminate against any person employed or qualified applicant seeking employment on the basis of race, color, age, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, use of family and medical leave, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship or any other status protected by law.
Join Our Team
We offer opportunities in a variety of fields, not just science and technology. We are home to a diverse staff of professionals that includes administrators, researchers, creatives, supply chain staff, health services workers, and more.
Visit our Career Areas page to learn more about the different career paths we offer and find the one that speaks to you.