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SPIE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Our Mission

SPIE, its volunteers, and staff work to encourage and promote diversity at our events and within our profession. We believe that bringing together people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives will support innovation through a diversity of ideas, and solve challenges faced by our world. We also believe in the development of collaborative environments that value participation from individuals with different ideas and perspectives, that ultimately have a positive impact on the science of light. It is our aim that our programs reflect these core values.

Attending Photonics West?
See our full list of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion events below.

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Upcoming Diversity Events at SPIE Photonics West

Upcoming Diversity Events at SPIE Photonics West

Women Communicating with Confidence

Date: Sunday 3 February 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Sutter Room (5th Floor)

Join us for this professional development session on how to command attention and get your point across in a variety of professional settings from networking at events to your next business meeting.


Women's Salary Negotiation Workshop

Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Park Central Hotel, Metropolitan III Room (2nd Floor)

SPIE is hosting an AAUW Work Smart Workshop to help participants gain confidence in their negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play. Gain useful negotiation skills for a new job, raise, or promotion.


Friends of Bill W.

Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Twin Peaks Room (4th Floor)

Join others for a self-organized Friends of Bill W. meeting at Photonics West. Start off the week in a safe and supportive environment.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Presentation and Reception

Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Park Central Hotel, Metropolitan I/II (2nd Floor)
Hosted by SPIE Women in Optics and SPIE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

This evening will begin with a presentation from Debbie Chachra professor of engineering and one of the early faculty at Olin College of Engineering. Her talk, Improving Research Culture: How Photonics Benefits with the Full Spectrum of Scientists, demonstrates some of the ways that bias and exclusion have shaped scientific research and our understanding of the world. It will then delve into how our awareness of this can lead to better science and better results. Stick around to share your ideas with other community members during the reception.


Executive Women's Meetup

Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Park Central Hotel, Metropolitan III Room (2nd Floor)

Following the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Presentation and Reception, this is an invitation-only event for women executives in the optics, photonics, and photonics-enabled community to meet up, talk shop, network, and enjoy a glass of wine.

Female executives interested in attending may email Meg All at mega@spie.org.


LGBTQ Social

Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Offsite

Come socialize and network with other LGBTQ in the optics and photonics community. Please email Diversity@spie.org by 4 February to RSVP and learn location details.

View all special events at Photonics West.


SPIE is committed to providing a harassment- and discrimination-free experience for everyone at Photonics West and all our events, an experience that embraces the richness of diversity where participants may exchange ideas, learn, network, and socialize in the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual respect. For more information please read our Safe Meeting Policy and Code of Conduct.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Ad Hoc Committee

Please send us your thoughts and suggestions in support of the SPIE diversity and inclusion goals via email.

Anita Mahadeven-Jansen (Chair)

Julia Craven

Simi George

Maryellen Giger

Evan Hale

Sara Madaan

Kristen Maitland

Nishant Mohan

Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop

Perla Marlene Viera-González

Michael Williams

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