NEW YORK—SUNY College of Optometry's Office of Continuing Professional Education will host another webinar this week on June 22 to explore the topic of race in optometry. For the last two years, the group has hosted sessions which took a hard look at the experiences of Black optometrists s students, residents, faculty and practitioners, with a goal of fostering a dialogue that would lead to changes in optometric education and in the eyecare industry. This week's webinar, in conjunction with the Juneteenth celebration, brings back many previous participants to discuss whether substantive improvements have been made and where additional efforts are needed.

Panelists include:

Easy Anyama
President – American Optometric Student Association
4th year Student – University of Houston, College of Optometry

Dr. Lori Grover
Incoming Chair – Diversity, and Equity – American Optometric Association Board

Dr. Joy Harewood
Director – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging – SUNY College of Optometry

Dr. David Heath
President – SUNY College of Optometry

Dr. Cynthia Heard
Chair – Diversity Task Force – American Optometric Association

Dr. Edward “Larry” Jones
President – National Optometric Association

Dr. Edwin C. Marshall
Professor Emeritus – Optometry and Public Health
Past Vice President – Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, Indiana University

Dr. Chinelo Onyeador
President – National Optometric Student Association
Incoming Ocular Disease Resident – Huntington VA

Dr. Ruth Shoge
Chair – ASCO’s Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee

Dr. Adam Ramsey
Co-founder – Black Eyecare Perspective

The webinar, set for 7:00 p.m. EST, has a capacity of 1,000 attendees only. The registration link is here. Those not able to attend the Zoom stream can visit the SUNY Optometry Facebook live stream Link at

The webinar will be recorded and made available afterward on the SUNY CPE website.