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News Release

Number: 03-59
Released: July 31, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

Shirley Kendall Named Brookhaven Lab’s
Diversity Manager

UPTON, NY – Shirley Kendall, former Diversity Coordinator for the City of Rochester, NY, has been named Diversity Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective July 7.

Shirley KendallIn her new position, Kendall is responsible for implementing Brookhaven’s affirmative action program to assure representation of women and minorities in the workforce to the extent that they are available in relevant labor markets. The Lab also undertakes affirmative action for disabled individuals, Vietnam veterans, and disabled veterans. As a federally funded institution, the Laboratory is governed by federal regulations such as affirmative action compliance and equal employment opportunity laws.

Kendall also serves as Coordinator of the Women’s Program Advisory Committee, which is made up of a diverse group of women employees who make recommendations to her on issues that are important and of concern to women. In addition, Kendall provides sexual harassment prevention training for managers and staff, and, in conjunction with the Laboratory’s Human Resources & Occupational Medicine Division, investigates sexual harassment complaints of employees.

“I joined Brookhaven for many reasons, not the least of which is my appreciation for the process of discovery,” said Kendall. “My goal is to work closely with world-class scientists, top-notch managers and dedicated employees to assist Brookhaven in becoming a frontrunner in talent diversity among the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories. Experience has taught me that an organization’s senior leadership team holds the key to its success in the area of diversity. As a member of the management team, I look forward to achieving success throughout the Laboratory. Furthermore, employees are the foundation of high retention ratios. My challenge is to identify and partner with managers and employees dedicated to ensuring the Lab’s success in science, safety and diversity.”

Kendall added that she will be an advocate for Brookhaven employees, and she hopes to build on the existing foundation of cultural sensitivity and respect for individual differences among the Laboratory staff. Further, she wishes to “integrate diversity at every level of the Laboratory,” and, to do so, she will foster a team approach to diversity that includes managers at all levels, as well as employees. She indicated that every Laboratory employee could help to identify and recruit future talented, diverse personnel.

“The people of the world are diverse,” Kendall said. “The Laboratory, with its 2,900 employees, is a small slice of the world, and we need to maintain diversity within it.”

Kendall earned a B.S. in education and mathematics in 1976, and an M.S. in counseling in 1984, both from Oneonta College. In 1982, she became Director of Affirmative Action at Oneonta College, a position she held until 1985, when she joined the State University of New York, Albany, as Associate Director of Affirmative Action. In 1987, she moved on to become Director of Diversity Planning and Compliance for Independent Media Sales & Services in New York City, where she designed management awareness programs for corporate clients. In 1997, she became Diversity Coordinator for the City of Rochester, a position she held until she joined Brookhaven.