AAA-ERG welcomes Argonne’s first Walter Massey Fellow

Join the Argonne African American Employee Resource Group (AAA-ERG) on December 10 at 11:00 am as we welcome Argonne’s first Walter Massey Fellow, Kevin Brown!

Paul Kearns and former laboratory director Walter Massey (1979-1984) will join us as we hear from Kevin Brown about the research that garnered him this prestigious honor and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Walter Massey Fellowship is named for the first African-American to serve as Argonne’s director. Massey  also went on to serve as director of the National Science Foundation. He has also been president of Morehouse College — his alma mater — as well as chairman of Bank of America and president and chancellor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The idea for the Walter Massey Fellowship originated in the AAA-ERG, and is an example of the many ways that the Laboratory has partnered with its employee resource groups to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the lab.

Please join us for a special conversation welcoming Argonne’s first Walter Massey Fellow.

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Gourmet’s Delight Cheesecakes Are Back!

The Argonne African American Employee Resource Group (AAA-ERG) is holding a cheesecake sale to raise money for the AAA-ERG Scholarship Fund. Proceeds from this needs-based scholarship go to top local high school students entering college and pursuing STEM degrees.

Gourmet’s Delight Cheesecakes are handmade and come in 14 flavors that measure nine inches in diameter and are pre-sliced into 14 restaurant-size portions. It’s a perfect holiday dessert to share with family or enjoy alone whenever you want a delicious treat.

Cheesecakes are delivered frozen and should be refrigerated (40° F) or frozen within six hours of delivery. Cheesecakes last up to six months in the freezer. Buy some to eat now, freeze some to eat later.

The assortment of cheesecakes is available for sale now through Thursday, October 21st. Payment: Cash, Check, Zelle, Venmo, or Cash App) payment is also due by October 21st.



Pickup/Delivery will on Friday, October 29, 2021 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. location APS 402 Auditorium .

See any one of the following AAA-ERG members to place your order or visit the  to download a brochure and order form for cheesecake selections and pricing.  If you would like to participate in selling cheesecakes please let us know and we can provide you with sales brochures and order forms.


Justin H. S. Breaux [email protected]
Arista Thurman, III [email protected]
Scott Ehling [email protected]
Robyn Wheeler Grange [email protected]


AAA-ERG Mission

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.



Juneteenth is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and it identifies the date June 19,1865 that Union Troops led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the Civil War and abolition of slavery.

The Civil War ended April 9, 1865.

The Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in confederate states was signed by President Abraham Lincoln January 1, 1863.

The 13th Amendment abolished Slavery in all the states, December 6, 1865

All of these dates were relevant in the freedom of African Americans from slavery, but June 19th is the one that is celebrated because it was the day that freedom reached those slaves in the most southern confederate state Texas; that were still in bondage even though they had been declared free almost two and a half years earlier by President Lincoln’s Proclamation.

We can celebrate Juneteenth and demonstrate Argonne’s Core Values of RESPECT for our African American coworkers; IMPACT on the relationships between African Americans and other ethnic groups; and INTEGRITY as we recognize how we can and should get along with one another.


Keep Moving Forward

Celebrating Black History Month

When: Feb. 19th – 28th
Where: Anywhere (Inside/Outside)

  • Run 5k/3.1 miles
  • Walk 2.5K/1.55 miles

Sponsor by Argonne African American Employee Resource Group ,                   Argonne Running Club, and Dive-In DEI Council.

Earn a 100-point Virgin Pulse voucher by sharing your results:     Emailing a photo to [email protected], post a photo on Argonne Cares or ARC Facebook .

In honor of Black History Month, participants in the virtual run/walk are encouraged to donate to the AAA ERG scholarship fund at  gofundme.

Collaborative ERG/BRG Black History Month event

In honor of Black History Month, African American Employee Resource Groups throughout Chicagoland will join with the Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University to address this important question under the guidance of Dr. Courtney McCluney of Cornell University. Intentional Inclusion: Designing Inclusive Organizations, February 17, 2021 at 12 pm Central – The event is free, however Advanced registration is required.

Intentional Inclusion: How Leaders Can Resist & Change Practices that Maintain Inequalities, to Make More Seats at the Table?