NEW YORK—The Vision Council wants to remind ECPs that registration is still open for Advancing Diversity & Inclusion: A Cornell Certificate for Optical Professionals. Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) created this program specifically for members of the vision community. It is fully online and includes four courses and a capstone certificate program and is designed to lead attendees through the  perceptual, institutional and psychological processes that impact employee interactions in an effort to build a truly aware and inclusive work culture. The certificate framework includes two exclusive private courses designed to provide vision industry context on February 2 and April 27. Attendees can take the remaining two public cohort courses at their convenience. Registered attendees will also be invited to attend an orientation session on Tuesday, January 4 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.
The Vision Council also worked with Cornell University to curate a custom two-hour live virtual capstone session contextualized to optical industry specific scenarios, challenges and opportunities. Tony Byers, Diversity & Inclusion Professional programs director and senior extension faculty for Cornell University’s ILR School will lead the capstone session.
The full schedule for the course is as follows:
Improving Engagement—February 2, 2022
Counteracting Unconscious Bias—January 5, 19; February 2, 16; March 2, 16, 30, 2022
Diversity and Inclusion at Work—January 5, 19; February 2, 16; March 2, 16, 30, 2022
Fostering an Inclusive Environment—April 27, 2022
Registration is now open online here and more information on course topics is available online here.