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Voluntary Employee Organizations at NIST

Three photos in a row show NIST employees participating in cultural and educational programs like a tea and food display, a dance outdoors, and a science exhibit with children.
Events organized by employee groups at NIST include the Association of NIST Asian Pacific Americans' Taste of Asia; a celebration of music and dance for Hispanic Heritage Month; and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
Credit: NIST

Voluntary employee organizations (VEOs) are voluntary, employee-led groups whose aim is to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with achieving the NIST mission. They are usually led and participated in by employees or staff members who connect over common interests, identities, and/or initiatives. The groups exist to provide support and help in personal or career development and to create a space where employees can bring their whole selves to the table. Allies are also invited to join VEOs to support their colleagues. At NIST, we have more than 30 VEOs which consist of affinity groups, employee resource groups, and OU DEIA councils.

Adventures in Science

American Physical Society Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance [APS-IDEA]

Association at NIST of Hispanic Americans [ANHA]

Association of NIST Asian-Pacific Americans [ANAPA]

Book Club

Boulder Association of Women in Science [BAWS]

Boulder Labs Diversity Council

Caregiver Group



Employee Resource Group Council

Engineering Laboratory Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging [DIB] Council

Information Technology Laboratory Diversity Committee

Lactation Support Group

Material Measurement Laboratory Equity and Inclusivity Working Group


NIST Association for Black Staff [NABS]

NIST Chapter of Sigma XI

NIST Pride

NIST Softball Club

Parents Network

Physical Measurement Laboratory Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Postdoctoral and Early-Career Association of Researchers [PEAR]

Prayer Group

Project Diversity

Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Belonging Initiative and Diversity, Equity, Integrity, and Technology SuperCluster

SEBA Garden

Standards Alumni Association [SAA]

Standards Employees Benefit Association [SEBA] and Fitness Center

Steering Group for Equity in Career Advancement [SGECA]

Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day [TODSTWD]

Toastmasters Club

Veterans Affinity Group


Women in STEM [WiSTEM]


Created October 12, 2022, Updated October 25, 2022