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Change Champion Program

The IEEE Photonics Society Membership Council established a 'Change Champion' Program in 2019 to showcase volunteers and leaders facilitating positive change and empowering others in the photonics and optics community.

Such volunteers advocate for diversity and inclusion; lead altruism projects; organize strategy sessions to implement new ideas; have proven professional development practices to share; etc. 

Change Champions are trusted ambassadors and influencers, who provide leadership and create new avenues for engagement in the community. 

Interested in Volunteering?

The IEEE Photonics Diversity Oversight Committee has created a speaker database where members can actively sign up to serve within their technical and/or professional subject areas. The database is used to recruit volunteers for committees, councils, conferences, etc. Learn more via the button below or contact

Change Champion Program Talks


 Change Champion Speaker

 Volunteer Position

  Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Photonics Education

 Leslie Rusch (She/Her)

 VP of Technical Affairs

  How to Plan an Outreach Activity

 Natalia Cañas Estrada (She/Her)

 AVP of STEM Outreach

  Champion Change Through Action

 Stanley Ikpe (He/Him)

 AVP of Young Professionals

  The Role of Social Networks: Building Community

 Arti Agrawal (She/Her)

 AVP of Diversity