Connect with us

Press Releases

SUNY College of Optometry’s Eye-CARE Program Recognized with an 2022 Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award

The program helped to raise awareness of the college and bolster diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

mm

Published

on

SUNY College of Optometry’s Eye-CARE Program Recognized with an 2022 Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award

(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — SUNY College of Optometry received recognition from the State University of New York (SUNY) for the impressive achievements of its Eye-CARE Camp program, which has helped to raise awareness of the College as well as bolster its strategic efforts toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion. The program was highlighted from among all of the 64 campuses within the SUNY system.

The State University of New York’s Chief Student Affairs Officers and the Office of University Life presented the Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award in the DEI, Multicultural, Accessibility, Gender, LGBTQ, Spirituality, International, and related category to Dr. Gui Albieri, Vice President for Student Affairs and Engagement at the College, during the New York State College Student Personnel Association Conference luncheon in Binghamton on October 17.

“I’m so proud of our team and what we accomplished in such a short period of time with this new program,” Dr. Albieri said. “The thoughtful efforts and hard work of Dr. Christian Alberto and Sav Ramirez helped make Eye-CARE Camp a meaningful and successful endeavor for participants. We are honored that SUNY recognized the dedication and leadership of this program.”

Eye-CARE (Cultivating Applicants for the Rising need of Eye-care) Camp is an innovative recruitment program, sponsored by Vision Service Plan (VSP), that has served nearly 300 prospective students, including many from under-represented and economically disadvantaged communities, since it was launched in 2021. With its hybrid delivery model, the three-day Eye-CARE Camp program exposes undergraduate student participants, both in-person at the College and online across the country, to the work that optometrists do as well as the role that they play in the broader health care system.

The program, which gets promoted to college advisors across the northeast as well as through the National Association of Advisors in the Health Professions (NAAHP), also provides participants with the knowledge and tools that they need to become qualified applicants to optometry school, such as communication and leadership development skills.

“Eye-CARE Camp has made a significant impact on participants’ interest in both pursuing an optometric education and doing so at SUNY Optometry, with a third of the participants from 2022 expressing a stronger interest in the profession and the College after completing the camp than they did prior to participating in it,” said Dr. Christian Alberto, director of Admissions and Enrollment Management.

Advertisement

Eye-Care Camp also reduces financial barriers for prospective students by providing full sponsorships to Kaplan’s OAT prep course. Eye-Care Camp is a component of the College’s wider efforts to strengthen its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, serving prospective students from across the country while the College’s CSTEP program serves under-represented and economically disadvantaged students from New York State.

“To ensure patients across all dimensions of diversity have access to personalized and culturally relevant vision care, we must be intentional about exposing students with diverse experiences and backgrounds to careers in optometry,” said VSP Vision Chief Diversity Officer Marvin Davenport said. “Eye-CARE Camp has proven to be an invaluable tool for promoting the optometric profession. I am grateful for the entire SUNY Optometry team and am excited about this recognition of the long-standing partnership between our organizations.”

In addition to what they learned about optometry, many participants also found Eye-CARE Camp to be an empowering experience.

“This is the first time I could actually see myself as someone. Thank you, SUNY, for cultivating such an empowering, inspiring, and inclusive environment for us,” read one of the participant’s responses to the program.

“Increasing representation within our student population is one of our key strategic initiatives and of critical importance for the future of the optometric profession,” Dr. David Heath, President of SUNY Optometry, said. “I’m pleased with the engagement that we have seen from prospective students with Eye-CARE Camp, particularly among under-represented students who might not otherwise be aware of the opportunities afforded to aspiring optometrists. I am encouraged by how this program will bolster our continued efforts toward ensuring that we have an exceptionally diverse and inclusive community at the College and across the optometric profession.”

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Turn Patients Into Loyal Eyewear Shoppers

80% of patients are browsing eyewear online, are you influencing patients online before your competition? Join thousands of practices thriving with Optify, voted the #1 optical sales tool by EyeVote. Empower your opticians to save time, increase optical revenue, and maximize your EHR data and website with a seamless optical plug-in that keeps patients buying from YOU! Now through August 31st receive a $25 UberEats® gift card when you complete a 15 min demo. Book your demo here..

Promoted Headlines

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Subscribe

INVISIONMAG.COM
BULLETINS

Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION.

Facebook

Most Popular