Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Creating an inclusive environment

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) are a priority for the FRIB Laboratory. As a federally funded laboratory in a public university, FRIB commits itself to fostering a safe, diverse, equitable, and inclusive work and research environment which values respect and personal integrity. Users, guests, students, and employees at the FRIB Laboratory share a common interest—to contribute to society through scientific discovery. This is best achieved when everyone is included and valued, in a welcoming and respectful environment that advances inclusive excellence and fosters a sense of belonging.

FRIB’s education and development program—Diversifying Rare Isotopes to Promote Learning and Inspire new Engineers, Scientists and Staff (DRIPLINES2)—is open to FRIB faculty, staff, administrators, and students.

The objectives for DRIPLINES2 include providing foundational understanding of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in higher education and building a community of practice within FRIB that advances inclusive excellence and a sense of belonging for those who learn and work within the facility.

FRIB is guided by its Diversity Advisory Committee to make the FRIB Laboratory environment welcoming and inclusive for everyone and to improve the laboratory workforce diversity.

Partnering with Minority Serving Institutions (MSI)

FRIB works to increase representation through an integrated set of programs from middle school to faculty placement with Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), with other programs in place to advance inclusion and a sense of belonging for all.

  • Physicists Inspiring the Next Generation: Exploring the Nuclear Matter (PING) – Summer (two weeks) and academic year (nine months)
    • Collaboration between National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and Associated Universities Inc. to focus on multiple levels of physics and astronomy
    • Pipeline to high-school students and mentoring from undergraduate students
    • Exposure to basic and applied nuclear science and conferences networking
  • PEGASUS/Director Research Scholars (DRS) – Two-day visit
    • Pipeline to undergraduate students
    • Exposure to MSU physics and nuclear-physics programs
  • Physics Immersion – Summer (two weeks)
    • Pre-training/skills building prior to attending summer research
    • Mentoring program (MSU Summer Research Opportunities Program/Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) for transition to graduate school
  • MSI fellowship – One-year transition program (Virginia State University and Morgan State University)
    • Postdocs/graduate students transition to faculty position at MSIs
  • Students Training and Engagement Program for Undergraduates in Physics (STEP-UP)
    • Non-scientist personnel from MSI community
    • Holistic approach for recruitment and retention
  • Institute for Nuclear Science to Inspire the next Generation of a Highly Trained workforce (INSIGHT)
    • Created to measure progress and coordinate longitudinal tracking of trainees’ progression towards science and technology careers
    • Current partners: Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) (nine) and Historical Hispanic Institutions (two)