In 2024, the Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA), in collaboration with the four U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers, launched the “You Belong in Quantum Series!” to showcase distinguished leaders in QIS and their perspectives on improving representation, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

The inspiration for the “You Belong in Quantum” series stemmed from the Center’s mandate to focus on creating a culture of inclusion and belonging among center members, past, present, and future. The origins of the series date back to the Fall of 2022, and QSA has since hosted sessions on topics ranging from gender diversity in QIS and allyship to listening effectively. 

This year’s first session was conducted on Tuesday, Jan 30, 204, and featured Kimberly D. McGuire, Justin Perron, and Damian Watkins. 

The next session is scheduled for April 30, 2024

Save the date!

Tues April 30, 1-2 PM (MT)
Zoom Meeting ID: 918 5673 4575
Passcode: 481544


Unique pathways to quantum information science Kelli Howie (Sandia National Laboratories) presenting on "Racial Diversity in Quantum Information Science." Jan 2024. Damian Watkins

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The Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA) is one of the five National Quantum Information Science Research Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and with Sandia National Laboratories as lead partner, QSA will catalyze national leadership in quantum information science to co-design the algorithms, quantum devices, and engineering solutions needed to deliver certified quantum advantage in scientific applications. QSA brings together dozens of scientists who are pioneers of many of today’s unique quantum engineering and fabrication capabilities. In addition to industry and academic partners across the world, 15 institutions are part of QSA: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, University of Colorado at Boulder, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Caltech, Duke University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, UC Berkeley, University of Maryland, University of New Mexico, University of Southern California, UT Austin, and Canada’s Université de Sherbrooke. For more information, please visit