About Us

Spectrum is an employee resource group (ERG) dedicated to building awareness and providing resources for those in the laboratory community who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, agender, or allies to their LGBTQIA+ peers. Spectrum also recognizes and encourages the incredible diversity of gender identities and sexual orientations, including those which may not be accurately portrayed in some of these terms. Spectrum is dedicated to fostering an environment of understanding, acceptance, and equality for all within the laboratory community.

Spectrum’s mission is to:

  • Provide leadership and resources at Argonne to promote equity at all levels
  • Advise the laboratory on employee issues
  • Advance LGBTQIA+ friendly policies and benefits
  • Provide employees with cultural awareness, educational and networking opportunities
  • Promote a welcoming and inclusive workplace environment
  • Participate in outreach and talent recruitment activities

Participation is open to all employees and retirees of Argonne National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy, The University of Chicago, and Argonne Credit Union and all persons associated with or assigned to the work of the laboratory. Final determination of eligibility rests with the committee.

Argonne and Spectrum Remember Lives Lost in the LGBTQI+ Community during Transgender day of Remembrance

November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. We encourage everyone to observe this remembrance by taking a moment of silence on November 20 to honor all those transgender people whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence this year, and by learning about the violence and issues that affect the transgender community and how to be a good ally.

We also recommend reviewing HRC Foundation’s “Dismantling a Culture of Violence” report which “demonstrates how anti-transgender stigma, denial of opportunity and increased risk factors compound to create a culture of violence — and provides clear ways that each of us can directly make an impact to make our society a safer place for transgender and gender non-conforming people.”

Spectrum honors the memories of those that have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence in 2021 including:

Argonne and Spectrum Observe Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV)

Today, 31 March, 2021 is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV). TDoV is an annual event dedicated to celebrating, and making visible, transgender people and raising awareness of the discrimination faced by transgender people world-wide.

TDoV this year rings particularly loudly for Spectrum, as since 2021 has begun, multiple states’ legislatures have proposed or enacted legislation that directly effects the transgender community. Whether this takes the form of excluding trans individuals from sports participation, restricting sanitary facility access, or denying healthcare, these efforts not only directly undermine the safety of transgender people, but through secondary effect, indirectly do incalculable harm by signaling to people that transgender people are less-than – an aberration that must be legislatively controlled.

Transgender individuals have a long history of scientific and cultural contribution, from Lynn Conway’s development of generalized instruction handling and VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) semiconductors in the 1970s, to Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s development of novel cinematography techniques most famously employed in The Matrix. At Argonne, transgender scientists like Carissa Holohan (ALCF) are enabling the future of high-performance computing to empower the next generation of research and collaboration.

In alignment with our core values of Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork, it is our responsibility to learn about the transgender community and ensure we are continuously creating a Laboratory environment where we can all live authentically and contribute our best work.

To Join the Conversation, check out Spectrum’s page on MyArgonne

Spectrum Monthly Meeting, Thursday March 12 2020

Please join us for the March Spectrum meeting Thursday, March 12th!

Location: Building 241 room C201
Time: Noon to 1pm


Spectrum meetings are open to all involved in the work of the laboratory. We are an inclusive community made up of people of all orientations and gender identities. Allies are always welcome! Meetings happen every second Thursday of the month at the same time and location.