Message from the Berkeley Lab Director on the Orlando tragedy

Dear friends and colleagues,

I want to express my deep sorrow in response to the horrific mass shooting yesterday at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. I also want to say how important the Lab’s LGBTQ community is to our success, which depends upon our ability to bring together people who have diverse backgrounds, points of view, and approaches to problem-solving. We are all united in our commitment to providing science solutions to the world. Next week, a series of events celebrating Pride Month will take place at the Lab. These events are important every year; this year they take on even more importance as an affirmation of the Lab’s values. I assure you that the Lab will continue our commitment to create a more diverse and inclusive culture, and I encourage all of our employees to support each other through this difficult time and beyond.  Today, our flags are lowered to half-staff in memory of the Orlando victims and our thoughts go out to all those affected by the shooting.

Best regards,

Mike Witherell

Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Lambda Alliance honors those who lives were tragically cut short in the Orlando shooting.

Stanley Almodovar III
23 years old
Amanda Alvear
25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero
26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala
33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown
29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II
29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro
28 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez
25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde
39 years old
Cory James Connell
21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby
25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton
32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez
31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez
25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores
26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz
22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero
22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry
41 years old
Frank Hernandez
27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato
30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes
40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat
19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice
30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla
25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen
32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez
21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool
49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez
25 years old
Kimberly Morris
37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray
18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo
20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez
25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera
36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua
32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez
35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr.
25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez
27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado
35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz
24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan
24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr.
34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson
33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres
33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega
24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez
37 years old
Luis S. Vielma
22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez
50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon
37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright
31 years old

Berkeleyside article on campus vigil: Story Here

If you feel the need to speak to someone, please note that resources are available to you.  

Employee Assistance

University Health Services, Tang Center, Suite 3100 (3rd floor)
2222 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-4300
Phone: (510) 643-7754

Mission Statement:

The charter of the Lambda Alliance is to enhance the work environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning employees and allies (LGBTIQQA). Our goal is to promote an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, enhance policies of non-discrimination, create guidance for institutional processes, identify and address emerging issues or challenges, increase visibility and awareness, and recognize achievements impacting our community.

Pride Month 2015

Upcoming Events
  • Please see a list of our pride month activities for the month of June to the right.
  • Friday, July 22, 2016 @ 2 PM - Lambda coffee hour at LBNL cafeteria
    • Come buy a cup of coffee or tea and share in a baked treat provided by a member of the group.  The coffee hour is a social gathering with no organized agenda.  
    • We are looking for volunteers to help organize coffee hours at our offsite locations.  Please contact Tom Gallant at tggallant@lbl.gov if you are interested in helping.
  • Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 2 PM - Lambda coffee hour at LBNL cafeteria
  • Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 2 PM - Lambda coffee hour at LBNL cafeteria
  • Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2 PM - Lambda coffee hour at LBNL cafeteria
  • Friday, November 18, 2016 @ 2 PM - Lambda coffee hour at LBNL cafeteria

Lambda Alliance Events

    The LAMBDA Alliance and LAMBDA ERG are coming together to celebrate Pride Month!

    Below is a list of the upcoming tentative activities being planned:

    • We will hold a kick-off flag raising on Tuesday, May 31st at building 65 at Noon
    • Lambda Coffee Hour on June 8th, 2:30 - 3:30 PM at LBNL Cafeteria - open to the entire Lab. 
    • Offsite Happy Hour on June 10th at the White Horse Inn at 5pm (no host)
    • Movie screening of The Danish Girl on June 14th in the building 50 Auditorium at 11:30 AM
    • Lambda Coffee Hour at the Joint Genome Institute,  Room 149B, 2800 Mitchell Dr, Walnut Creek.  June 21st at 11:30 AM - Open to everyone at the JGI.
    • Resource Fair up on June 22nd on the Cafeteria 'lawn' area during the lunch hour.  Come and meet your local resource groups for your area and see what services they offer
      • Confirmed attendance by the following groups
        • Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County
        • The Pacific Center in Berkeley
        • UC Berkeley Employee Assistance
      • Pending confirmations from:
        • Spectrum LGBT Center in San Rafael
        • Our Family Coalition
        • UCB Gender Equity Resource Center
        • Transgender Law Center
    • Berkeley Lab's Pride Month Networking Event on June 23rd at 5pm in Building 59-3101 - Register here: http://tinyurl.com/LBNLpride
      • Network with the Diversity and Inclusion Council, Women Scientists and Engineers Council, Lab managers, and employees; share the ERG's activities for the next fiscal year; and help the Lab community understand the needs of the LGBT population in the workplace;
      • There will be a membership campaign to broaden the member base and increase participation in upcoming activities and events;
      • We will also announce the launch of Berkeley Lab's Workplace Transition Guidelines for transgender employees, and share the roll-out plan for this best practice.
    • LGBTQ Giants Night at AT&T Park on June 24th at 7:15PM
    • Diversity and Inclusion Brown Bag with Division D&I Committee Members on June 27th in the building 66 Auditorium at Noon
    • Encore screening of The Danish Girl on June 29th in the building 66 Auditorium at 11:30 AM
    • Pride month wrap up meeting on June 30th at Noon in 54-130 Pers. Hall