The Vision Council  announced the launch of Advancing Diversity & Inclusion: A Cornell Certificate for Optical Professionals, an online four-course and capstone certificate program customized specifically for members of the vision community by Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR). The certificate program 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.

With courses evenly divided between public and private cohorts, The Vision Council’s registrants will have access to two exclusive private courses designed to provide vision industry context and instruction not included in the traditional Cornell certification program. Attendees will have the opportunity to schedule the public cohort courses from a set of available dates. All four courses will be led by Lisa Nishii, Associate Professor and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, with the first course beginning on December 8, 2021. Each course is two weeks in length, self-paced and accessible through Canvas, an online learning management system.

In addition, The Vision Council has worked with Cornell University to curate a custom two-hour live virtual capstone session contextualized to optical industry specific scenarios, challenges and opportunities. The exclusive capstone session will be led by Tony Byers, Diversity & Inclusion Professional Programs Director and Senior Extension Faculty for Cornell University’s ILR School. Byers previously served as the Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Starbucks and is known for his efforts in leading and revitalizing Starbucks’ highly respected and successful diversity and inclusion programming.
The certificate program is open to the first 35 registrants. Members of The Vision Council and non-members are welcome to register at a discounted rate. Members of The Vision Council are eligible for special members-only pricing. To register for the program, click here.