NEW YORK—Last year, the SUNY College of Optometry’s Office of Continuing Professional Education hosted a three-part Webinar Series on Race in Optometry. These webinars took a hard look at the experiences of Black optometrists as students, residents, faculty, and practitioners. The intent of the series was to foster a dialogue that would lead to needed changes in optometric education and in the eyecare industry. Next week, another complimentary webinar titled "Race in Optometry: Accountability - One Year Later," is being scheduled in conjunction with the Juneteenth celebration on June 16 and brings back many of last year’s panelists to discuss whether substantive improvements have been made and where additional efforts are needed.

The "One Year Later" panel will include:

John G. Flanagan PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, FARVO
Dean and professor, School of Optometry and president, Association of School and Colleges of Optometry, University of California Berkeley

Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging,  associate clinical professor SUNY College of Optometry

Edwin C. Marshall, OD, MS, MPH
Professor Emeritus, Optometry and Public Health, past vice president for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, Indiana University

Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO
President and CEO, New England College of Optometry

Adam Ramsey, OD, co-founder, Black Eyecare Perspective, CEO, Socialite Vision,  founder, Health Focus South Florida

Sherrol A. Reynolds, OD, FAAO, president, National Optometric Association (NOA) 
and chief, Advanced Ophthalmic Care, NSU College of Optometry of Optometry

Ruth Y. Shoge, OD, MPH, FAAO, associate professor of Pediatric and Binocular Vision Services, The Eye Institute,  Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Salus University

Registration and details of the Zoom meeting are posted here.

The Zoom webinar has a capacity of 500 attendees only. Others can also join in at this Facebook page.

All of the prior three webinars on the topic of Race in Optometry are posted on the SUNY College of Optometry's Office of  Continuing Professional Education here.