The Optical Society Announces OSA Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Recognition

1 May 2018

The Optical Society Announces OSA Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Recognition

OSA invites members to share their efforts to foster diversity and inclusivity
WASHINGTON – The Optical Society (OSA) has announced the OSA Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Recognition, which serves to acknowledge OSA members, companies or organizations that demonstrate efforts to foster greater appreciation, advancement and celebration of diversity and inclusivity. The winner will be announced at OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) and will receive up to $5,000 in funding to the organization or cause the member supports.
“OSA is dedicated to supporting diversity and inclusivity in our community. We are proud to present the OSA Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Recognition,” said CEO of The Optical Society, Elizabeth Rogan. “Across industry, academia and government, there is a great need for an increased recognition of diversity and inclusivity. This award will highlight the outstanding dedication and accomplishments of our members.”
Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Data Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering and IT, and Director of the Women in Engineering and IT Program at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, Arti Agrawal, added, “Changing roles and expectations within an industry can be challenging. Changing roles and expectations within an industry can be challenging. I am proud of this program and the efforts of OSA to keep diversity and inclusion in our field at the forefront of importance.”
The recognition committee will consider community service, professional development, hiring practices and programming that enhance opportunities for the understanding and inclusion of people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences. The winner will be notified in July and will be invited to attend OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), to accept the recognition at the Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C., USA.
Start your application here. The submission deadline is 15 June 2018. Any questions about the program should be directed to

About FiO + LS
Frontiers in Optics is The Optical Society’s (OSA) Annual Meeting and held with Laser Science, a meeting sponsored by the American Physical Society’s Division of Laser Science (DLS). The two meetings unite the OSA and APS communities for five days of quality, cutting-edge presentations, in-demand invited speakers and a variety of special events spanning a broad range of topics in optics and photonics—the science of light—across the disciplines of physics, biology and chemistry. The exhibit floor will feature leading optics companies, technology products and programs.
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About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit

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