IDEAs in Action

We believe that IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability) are key enablers to accomplishing Berkeley Lab’s vision of bringing science solutions to the world, and are critical components of Berkeley Lab’s stewardship efforts.

IDEA produces high-performing teams, and drives meaningful impact and outcomes. IDEA is not separate from our work; instead, it is integral to who we are and what we do. 

The IDEAS-in-Action website is a collection of trainings, toolkits, research and articles to help you expand your knowledge, bring awareness to your current strengths, and identify areas of growth and learning. In doing so, we hope this site helps you expand inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability for yourself, your team and the lab. 

“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn."

-Mary Catherine Bateson, anthropologist

IDEA Highlights

FY23 IDEA Progress Report

This report is the first of its kind for Berkeley Lab. In its pages, we showcase the incredible work of our growing network of IDEA champions, and incorporate insights generated through 2020 COVID pulse surveys, the 2021 UC Staff Engagement Survey, demographic data on our workforce 2016-2022, and other qualitative channels of feedback from various lab-wide programs and initiatives over this period.

IDEA Case Studies

IDEA Case Studies are an opportunity to highlight the work individuals, teams, departments, divisions and areas are doing to advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability at the Lab. Each case study gives an overview of the initiative, the steps taken, the outcomes, and key lessons learned. 


Allyship is about people stewardship and living Berkeley Lab’s Stewardship Values of respect, trust, service and team science. We need every employee to show up as allies for each other in order to promote and advance a culture of inclusion and to create a supportive and accepting workplace culture for everyone at the Lab. 


In 2019, the World Health Organization officially recognized burnout as a work related phenomenon and defined it as “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” Click on the link below for articles and recorded workshops that describe what burnout is, what it's not, and suggestions on how to mitigate it on your team.

IDEA at Berkeley Lab

Messages from Lady Idos, Berkeley Lab's Chief Diversity Officer and Mike Witherell, Lab Director.

Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability are four important attributes of the Lab's culture. Berkeley Lab's Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Lady Idos explains how these, known by the acronym IDEA, are defining how we work together to support the Lab's mission.

Diversity drives the ideas that unlock our science according to Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell. He calls on the Lab to focus on four concepts: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability, or IDEA.