Thursday, June 3 Cultural Competence: The Opportunities of Serving the Needs of Hispanic Patients Thursday, June 3 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Location: Education Room #TBD Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States and present an opportunity for growth of our optometric practices. Led by Hector Santiago, OD, PhD, FAAO, this course presents the demographics, cultural traits, values, the prevalent systemic and ocular diseases and provides recommendations on how to improve the access of eyecare services to Hispanics. EYE2EYE Series: Removing Barriers Between You and Your Multi-Cultural Patients Thursday, June 3 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Seen Cultural competence in eyecare is a foundational element of providing high-quality care and a bedrock for meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population of patients. Join us for an in-depth discussion with eyecare providers and industry representatives as they explore the need for eyecare providers and all members of their staff to systematically consider how to integrate cultural competencies into their approach in patient interactions in order to deliver the best quality of care. Moderated by: Dr. Diana Canto-Sims, Co-Founder at Buena Vista Optical and Designer at La Vida Eyewear Panelists: Dr. Lina Arango, Co-Founder of Clear Eyes Clear Mind; and Arlene Segovia, Marketing Manager, Trade Communications for Transitions Optical Friday, June 4 EYE2EYE Series: Building a More Inclusive Work Environment Friday, June 4 from 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. The Seen This panel of leading diversity and inclusion executives will discuss how you can engage members of your team from different backgrounds to build a more equitable agenda in your place of business. They will discuss diversity, equity and inclusion principles that you can utilize with your team—no matter how big or small your organization is. Moderated by: Dr. Danielle Richardson, West Coast Director of Clinical Care for Zak Panelists: Marvin Davenport, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer at VSP Global; Cristina Lopez, Head of Talent, Inclusion & Diversity at Essilor Group; and Jacqueline Grove, Senior Vice President, Training, Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Philanthropy at National Vision Inc. Opening Your Eyes to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Review of The Vision Council’s DE&I Initiatives and 2020 Survey Results Friday, June 4 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Location: Education Room #TBD Attend this engaging panel discussion to learn more about The Vision Council’s 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Report, which provides an in-depth analysis of the custom survey The Vision Council fielded to the vision care community in November 2020. Derrick Artis, OD, who also serves on The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, will moderate the panel. Panelists: Dr. Howard Purcell, President and CEO at New England College of Optometry; Dr. Millicent Knight, Senior Vice President, Customer Development Group at Essilor; Phernell Walker, Director of Optometric Relations at VSP Ventures; and Dr. Diana Canto-Sims, Co-Founder at Buena Vista Optical and Designer at La Vida Eyewear National Optometric Association Regional Meeting The National Optometric Association (NOA), an organization with a 52-year history dedicated to “advancing the visual health of minority populations” through the delivery of effective and efficient eye and vision care services to the minority community, will host a Regional Meeting on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 at Vision Expo East. This in-person regional meeting will serve as an opportunity for NOA doctors and National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) students to connect and learn together safely. As part of the regional meeting, NOA will offer six hours of education exclusive to their members on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5. Additionally, on Saturday, June 5, the NOA will host a panel discussion at The Seen, a dynamic new main stage destination offering collaborative learning. The panel is titled “Excellence: Overcoming Obstacles to Optometric Success.” n