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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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"There is always light. If only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it."
Amanda Gorman

Modern scientific research depends on diverse collaboration for success. This interdisciplinary, global exchange of knowledge must be broadly inclusive, seeking contributions from all sources, based solely on excellence. We are committed to it also being inclusive, and we strive to provide an atmosphere in which all people feel valued and respected and have access to the same opportunities. 

In support of this commitment, OSA hosts a growing and impactful suite of programing focused in improving diversity and inclusion in optics and photonics.

Board Directives and Initiatives

The Board of Directors convened two committees with the specific charge of 1) improving gender equity within the Society and 2) examining the code-of-conduct and recommending communication strategies, resources and reporting/enforcement procedures. 

Women in Optics and Photonics

Diversity and Inclusion Recognition

Acknowledges the outstanding dedication and accomplishments of individual members, companies or organizations that demonstrate efforts to foster greater appreciation, advancement and celebration of diversity and inclusivity.

Training Programs at our Meetings

A variety of training and development programs at meetings or virtually are available with topics including aly skills building, bias, mentoring, salary negotiations, and more.


Professional Conduct at Meetings

  • Anti-harassment Policy and Code-of-Conduct – clearly defined policy with definitions, instructions on incident reporting and statement against retaliation
  • Third Party Incident Reporting Service – systems provides both online and phone reporting options code and policy violations. (Coming soon, in the meantime please send an email to

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

We extends our traveling lecture benefit to any HBCU requesting a participating member to visit their campus for technical presentations and/or professional development. Over 600 members are a part of this program. To request additional information email

Manny, Nanny, Granny Grants

Provides up to $400 per year to support family care for members traveling to OSA meetings.


Member Stories - Diversity & Inclusion