About the Argonne African American (AAA) Employee Resource Group (ERG)

The Argonne African American Employee Resource Group (AAA-ERG) partners with laboratory leadership to promote the development of African Americans in science, technology, and operations. Through engagement, mentorship, and programming that promotes cultural awareness and communication among the workforce, the AAA-ERG supports a world-class workplace to make a positive impact on the community.

To build and support Argonne’s world-class community of talent, we are committed to creating and sustaining a safe, welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. Bringing together people whose cultural and intellectual backgrounds equip them to look at a problem from different viewpoints is key to collaboration and innovation.

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Mentorship & Scholarship

We collaborate with Argonne postdoctoral appointees and staff to enrich the STEM pipeline by mentoring and providing scholarships to African-American youth who have a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These efforts help prepare the next generation to become leaders in STEM, while simultaneously building awareness around research opportunities at Argonne.  Learn more about the AAA Scholarship and how you can help with a donation on our GoFundMe page.

Networking & Professional Development

Our networking events bring employees together to build professional relationships across the laboratory. By helping employees connect to one another and share ideas and resources, we open doors to potential new collaborations and learning opportunities that can advance employees’ professional development and Argonne’s mission.

Cultural Awareness and Communication

AAA ERG hosts various events each year aimed at promoting cultural awareness and celebrating diversity across the lab. Our events, which often feature local artists and community leaders, engages all employees in learning more about African-American/Black cultures, customs and studies. We further promote awareness on our blog by shining a light on the contributions African-Americans have made to advance STEM throughout history.