People are the foundation of Computation’s success in deploying advanced computing capabilities, creative technologies, and innovative software solutions to solve national security challenges. Employees who represent many backgrounds, cultures, and experiences contribute new ideas, different ways of looking at problems, and inventive solutions. By diversifying our workforce, we know we’ll produce better answers to the challenges we face.
To broaden the diversity of its workforce, Computation is investing in several short- and long-term initiatives.
Expand the pool of computer scientists by increasing K–12 access and exposure
We’re looking to inspire a new generation of K–12 students by speaking with them about the benefits and importance of STEM careers and what it’s like to work at LLNL. To change the face of the industry, we need more women and people of underrepresented ethnicities studying computer science. For example, today, women make up only 18% of computer science (CS) degrees, down from 37% twenty years ago.
- We support the Expanding Your Horizons conferences in both the Tri-Valley and San Joaquin County. Our staff runs workshops and sits on the board of this conference series, which introduces women in grades 6–9 to careers in science and math.
- We’re establishing Girls Who Code clubs at seven Livermore middle and high schools in September 2016 to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.
- Our staff helps host LLNL’s information technology job shadow day, which brings 60 students from local high schools to show them the potential for summer internships as well as careers in information technology (IT) at LLNL and other DOE facilities.
- We engaged in a ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ event at LLNL in 2015 and 2016, which introduced science and technology careers to underrepresented youth to encourage positive future life and career choices.
- LLNL’s Trish Damkroger was interviewed by Texas Standard, the national daily news show of Texas, about her background and her advice for the next generation of female STEM leaders.
Find new ways of collaborating with colleges and universities and recruit in strategic ways
It’s important to actively recruit across various conferences and institutions—not just where we’ve recruited before—in an effort to redefine what the best looks like and cast a wide and welcoming net.
- We have formed partnerships with Stanford University and Georgia Tech, two top-ranking universities whose coursework is closely aligned with the core competencies of Computation. We are continuing our academic partnerships with several other universities, including the University of Puerto Rico public and private university system.
- We are building a pipeline into Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). LLNL has teamed up with 13 HBCUs, the Charleston County School District in South Carolina, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to create an underrepresented talent pipeline and strengthen the growing cyber workforce.
- We are increasing our presence at several prominent conferences, including the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing conference and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, among others.
Continue to devote resources to our successful summer program
Computation has a vibrant summer student program that, in 2015, consisted of 165 students, approximately 40% of whom identify as an underrepresented ethnicity and 20% of whom are female. We provide hands-on career experience to supplement students’ classroom learning and help them develop skills they may not otherwise learn. Our summer scholar experience gives participants a leg up on the competition when they enter the workforce, whether it’s at LLNL, another DOE facility, or elsewhere in the tech world.
- A GEM Fellow in computer science will join our team in 2016. We look forward to growing our alliance with the GEM National Consortium and helping to develop the next generation of top scientific talent.
- Over the last four years, we have hired 39 students directly from our scholar program, so filling the program with the brightest, most skilled, and diverse students is a priority.
Celebrate diversity and inclusion
A more inclusive workplace must go hand-in-hand with a more diverse workforce.
- Our New Employee Integration program connects new employees with guides to help ease their transition into the workforce.
- Employees are encouraged to join one of LLNL’s 33+ networking groups to connect with people who share their values and interests.
- LLNL is building a new program to inform and educate managers about understanding, recognizing, and overcoming ‘unconscious bias.’ Studies show that unconscious bias is a normal part of how humans make decisions, yet it’s something that can negatively affect the diversity of a workplace.
Current Workforce Composition
LLNL demographics are shown below*, Computation is ~15% of the LLNL population.
LLNL Current Workforce [~6, 486 employees]
Details of S&T Discipline Workforce
LLNL Workforce Degrees**