Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the DOE National Laboratories

The Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories are delivering on DOE’s mission in discovery science, energy security and independence, national security, and economic prosperity and global competitiveness by performing leading-edge research, using multidisciplinary research capabilities and large scale scientific tools that are the envy of the world.  The DOE national laboratories collectively employ over 50,000 people. In addition, the labs are host to over 45,000 visiting scientists and users of its scientific user facilities each year. 

As leading institutions in transformative science and innovation, the DOE national laboratories believe that success depends on the unique insights and perspectives enabled by a diverse workforce.  The DOE national laboratories are each engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives focused on:

  • Creating an inclusive work environment where a variety of differences and talents are leveraged to create world-class science;
  • Advancing the recruitment, development, and retention of a diverse and talented workforce;
  • Preventing discrimination, bias, and harassment; and
  • Expanding the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent pipeline through STEM training programs and outreach.

The DOE national laboratories’ Laboratory Directors, HR Directors, and Diversity & Inclusion Managers meet annually through National Laboratory Directors Council (NLDC) workshops to learn from subject matter experts about the latest research-based findings and practices, discuss emerging trends, and share promising practices adopted by their institutions. 

The DOE National Laboratories publicly post the demographic data of their collective workforce to provide transparency and as a demonstration of their continued commitment to these initiatives.

To learn more about the efforts of each of the DOE national laboratories, visit their websites: