Chemical Sciences Division
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accountability Committee Charter
February 12, 2018 (Updated April 22, 2021)
The Chemical Sciences Division’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accountability Committee (IDEA) mission is to foster innovative actions that create an inclusive work environment that values the contributions of all employees and users. The goal of CSD IDEA Committee is to help support a workforce that reflects and embraces the diversity of genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and physical abilities, as well as the religious, political, and cultural views represented by our whole Chemical Sciences Division community.
The CSD IDEA Committee acts as an advisory body to the Chemical Sciences Division Director on matters regarding Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accountability in:
Hires, recruitment, retention
Employee outreach and support
Intercultural and interpersonal communication in work and safety-related protocols
Awareness and appreciation of diversity, equity and inclusion
Healthy and sustainable work life balance
In absence of a formal Career Development Committee, the Committee will also strive to serve as a resource for staff to navigate every stage of their career. The Committee aims to help identify opportunities for professional growth and to develop the skills necessary to excel in science, engineering, operations, and research. To accomplish these goals, the committee will communicate with CSD employees and affiliates, collaborate and coordinate with other IDEA Committees within the Energy Science Area and LBNL, and stay abreast of the strategies developed in the broader community.
Members of the committee may be recommended and recruited by Program Group Leaders or by the Chemical Sciences Division leadership but can be also self-nominated and accepted by the Division leadership.
Membership term on the Committee may be reduced or extended per business requirements upon Division Director’s approval.
Committee chair is nominated/elected for a term of two years by the committee and approved by the Division leadership. The chair is expected to coordinate the activities sponsored by the committee, assigning and delegating specific responsibilities to the committee members.
Membership should strive to reflect and represent the diversity and viewpoints of the Chemical Sciences Division, with at least one member from each of the identified job families, i.e., Scientific, Technical and Operations staff, etc.
If possible, at least one member from the Committee should be a member of the Chemical Sciences Division’s Staff Committee (DSC).
At least one member from the Committee should represent the Chemical Sciences Division on LBNL’s Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) and LBNL Diversity & Inclusion Council.
CSD IDEA Committee Members:
Francesca Toma, Staff Scientist (January, 2018) – CSD IDEA Committee Chair (February, 2018); LBNL WSEC Representative
Rebecca Abergel, Faculty Scientist (January, 2018) – CSD IDEA Committee Co-Chair (February, 2018)
James Gaynor, (April, 2021)
Daniel Miller, Staff Scientist (April, 2021)
Deborah Reed, Administrative Assistant 3 (April, 2021)
Ziad Shafi, Graduate Student (April, 2021)
Daniel Slaughter, Staff Scientist (January, 2018)
Dina Michail, HR Senior Division Partner
Kristin Camarena, CSD Interim Senior Business Manager
Meetings are held monthly unless there is a need to meet more frequently. The chair monitors
attendance and tracks action items and initiatives and appoints subcommittees when necessary.
Committee members can submit agenda items to the chair for inclusion in the following meeting.
Attendance is expected. However, if unable to attend, members are asked to notify the chair, review meeting minutes and associated documents found in the CSD IDEA Committee Meeting Notes & Agenda
Google Drive, and provide input on topics via email or other electronic format.
Provision for Amendment:
The Committee chair is responsible for periodically reviewing this charter and working with members to
amend its language as necessary.