General Lab Information

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Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and regulate our emotions, to recognize the emotions of other people and feel empathy toward them, and to use these abilities to communicate effectively and build productive relationships.


Inclusion is the act of connecting employees to the workplace by encouraging collaboration and fairness so that everyone feels they can participate and contribute to their full potential.

Psychological Safety

In a psychologically safe workspace, employees feel empowered to express ideas and concerns, ask questions, make and learn from mistakes, and contribute to meaningful conversations without fear of consequences.


Respect in the workplace is about treating co-workers courteously and fairly, which includes valuing their beliefs, contributions, and ideas.

About DEI Focus Themes

DEI Focus Themes were designed by the DEI Office in partnership with Human Resources Learning and Development. Their purpose is to help Lab employees further embed and practice Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) values and behaviors at the Lab to ensure we foster a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Twice a year, the Lab will focus on a key DEIA theme or topic. Senior Leaders will launch the theme in their organizations, and subsequent managers and supervisors will cascade the theme down. Launch meetings will include a video and discussion, and curated resources will be made available so that all may choose their own learning path after launch. Resources include thought-provoking videos, discussion prompts, and suggested actions plans.

Fully participating in this program may be used as a Personal Impact DEIA Goal. “Fully participating” includes (1) attending a launch meeting, (2) choosing a minimum of 1 learning resource, and (3) implementing the learn/reflect/discuss/action framework detailed in each Theme to embed learning into your day-to-day behaviors and interactions.