The African-American Advancement Group (AAAG)

The African-American Advancement Group (AAAG) exists to provide a forum where employees and guests can promote awareness of the Black, African, African-American and Caribbean cultures, share professional insights, acquire information and provide leadership on their careers and work environment within BNL. We aspire to increase the presence and leadership ability of our community by building strong strategic alliances with laboratory management and facilitating the hiring, retention, education, mentorship and career advancement of African-American talent at all levels, thereby assisting the Lab to achieve its diversity goals.

Click here to view the AAAG Constitution & Bylaws

The next African-American Advancement Group meeting is scheduled as follows:*
Meetings are now held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 12:15pm through Microsoft Teams unless otherwise noted.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Juanita McKinney at
Date: Location:
Wed., Feb. 17, 2021, 12:15PM MS Teams
Wed., Mar. 17, 2021, 12:15PM MS Teams
Wed., Apr. 21, 2021, 12:15PM MS Teams
Wed., May 19, 2021, 12:15PM MS Teams
Wed., Jun. 16, 2021, 12:15PM MS Teams
Wed., Jul. 21, 2021, 12:15PM MS Teams
Wed., Aug. 18, 2021, 12:15PM MS Teams
Wed., Sept. 15, 2021, 12:15PM MS Teams
Wed., Oct. 20, 2021, 12:15PM MS Teams
Wed., Nov. 17, 2021, 12:15PM MS Teams
Wed., Dec. 15, 2021, 12:15PM MS Teams

The African-American Advancement Group (AAAG)
Accepting Applications for 2021 Scholarship Program

We are pleased to announce that the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) African American Advancement Group (AAAG) will offer a limited number of scholarships to eligible high school seniors in Suffolk County. The AAAG Scholarship Program provides financial support to qualified students planning to pursue a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. High School seniors who demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability and exemplify a commitment to community service are encouraged to apply for the scholarships.

Completed applications must be emailed or postmarked by Monday, May 17, 2021.

Click here for more information.

AAAG Flag Flies on Pole Feb. 2021
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AAAG Meet & Greet Membership Drive Luncheon – Sept. 22, 2017
AAAG Meet & Greet Membership Drive Luncheon – Sept. 22, 2017
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Exclamation Point ::: General Meeting Day Change :::
Our AAAG General Meeting is usually held on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Starting Wednesday, February 17, 2021, the AAAG General Meeting will be held at 12:15pm every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Invites incoming!

Bouchet Alliance ::: Bouchet Alliance :::
An outreach arm of AAAG, which connects with Black ERGs, employees and guests at other DOE labs to enhance opportunities for networking, mentorship and cultural engagement.

Bouchet Speaker Series ::: Bouchet Speaker Series :::
Named after the 1st African American (and 6th American) to earn a PhD in physics, the Series features noteworthy Black STEM professionals who share their career journeys and ways in which their cultural perspectives informed and shaped them.

Darnisha Harrison, Ennaid Therapeutics Thursday, Feb. 11, Noon:
“The Road Less Travelled - A Biotech Entrepreneur’s Success Story” with Darnisha Harrison

Our 2021 Bouchet Speaker will be Darnisha Harrison, president and founder of pharmaceutical company Ennaid Therapeutics. Her company is presently working on a medicinal cure for COVID-19. Learn more about Darnisha Harrison and Ennaid Therapeutics.

Click here to join the Zoom event.

For more information refer to the February 8, 2021 Monday Memo.

Black History Month ::: Black History Month :::
February is Black History Month! AAAG will be sponsoring virtual events to celebrate and share information. Links and additional information will be coming soon. We would like to put a spotlight on Black businesses in our community. 2020 was a very hard year and if you can, please support a black business. A link to Black Businesses highlighted by Yelp is below. Let us share and support each other and our neighbors as much as we can. Please let us know if you know of a black-owned business that is not on this list and we will add it to an AAAG list to be distributed during Black History Month.

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Errol D. Toulon, Jr. - 1st African American Sheriff in Suffolk County, NY Friday, Feb. 19, Noon:
“Staying True to Himself: How Suffolk’s First Black Sheriff is Navigating the Turbulent Intersection of Race, Politics and Public Distrust of Law Enforcement” with Errol D. Toulon, Jr.

Errol D. Toulon, Jr. is the first African American Sheriff in Suffolk County history since the office was created in 1683. As Suffolk’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, he serves the county’s 1.5 million residents through innovative programs to reduce crime and recidivism, and by implementing sound fiscal policies. Sheriff Toulon is using data analytics and technological assets to capture crime patterns and identify trends. He has more than 30 years of criminal justice experience, heavily centered on corrections intelligence and combating gang violence. Prior to serving as Suffolk County Sheriff, he worked for 25 years with the New York City (NYC) Department of Correction, beginning his career as a correction officer and culminating as the Deputy Commissioner of Operations.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, Noon:
Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I have a Dream” Speech Presentation: "Beyond the Dream”

Reading of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Please join us for a reading by Lab employees and leaders as they recite passages from one of America’s most inspirational leaders.

Throughout February:
Black History & Culture Quiz

Take the Black History Month Quiz by Feb. 26 and you could win a $50 gift certificate to a Black-owned restaurant near your home! The winner will be chosen at random on Monday, March 1, and notified by phone or email.

Mark your calendar. The videoconference links will be made available before the event. Check the BNL home page event calendar, and the Brookhaven This Week email newsletter.

For more information refer to the February 8, 2021 Monday Memo.

Committees ::: AAAG Committees :::
It takes a village! We depend on you, the AAAG members to help carry out AAAG’s plans, and promote the enhancement of African Americans all over the lab, from career development to social support. We need more members to take part. There are multiple committees within the AAAG that are looking for great ideas and helpful hands. See a list of Committees below. Please join us, we need you!

AAAG Committees
Outreach & Public Affairs
Recruitment & Retention Resource
AAAG STEM Scholarship
Black History Month
Constitution & Bylaws Review


*BSA Work Hosted Events:
Professional development, educational, and knowledge transfer events that are sponsored and supported by either DOE or BSA which support the science and operational mission of the organization are considered time worked. Examples of such activities include speakers and lectures, EAP lectures and seminars, Diversity lectures and seminars, “Brownbag” events on work related subjects, employee award ceremonies, “Coffee and Conversations,” “Get to Know the Lab” series, work-related training courses, Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) or affinity group meetings, safety day, and all-employee meetings.

For more information, refer to SBMS topic “Determining Whether an Activity May Be Reported as Hours Worked”.

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