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May 29, 2013

SUNY Awarded ASCO Optometric Education Diversity Mini-Grant for IDEA Initiative

The SUNY Office of Student Affairs has been awarded an Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Mini-Grant as part of ASCO's Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee initiative.  Dr. Guilherme Albieri, Director of Admissions and Marketing, will manage the $4,200 grant which will be used to support SUNY's IDEA Initiative. This initiative is designed to help the College expose traditionally underrepresented minority and socioeconomic disadvantaged undergraduate students to the profession of optometry and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to become competitive applicants to the College. 

The goal of the Optometric Education Diversity Mini-Grant Program, which is in its ninth year, is to develop and implement activities and programs that are designed to recruit and/or retain underrepresented minority students, as well as financially  disadvantaged students and first-generation college students.  Some of the programs it funds include summer "bridge programs" for undergraduate students, mentoring and guidance programs for first-year optometry students and partnerships with organizations, high schools, community colleges and undergraduate programs to promote optometry as a career among underrepresented groups.  Funding is provided by The Vision Care Institute, LLC, Luxottica Retail, and Alcon.