CSTEP Symposium

Are you an underrepresented or a high-need student?

Do you have a goal to pursue optometry or a health career?

Are you a student who is serious about learning what you need to do now to prepare for a successful career?

If you answered yes to these questions, you are cordially invited to our CSTEP Symposium: Train to Go Pro, on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, from 1:00pm – 5:00pm EST. Come join our staff and faculty, CSTEP students, and OD students for our annual “Train to Go Pro” event. We developed this event, using “go pro” as a theme because we realized that the preparation for athletes who want to “go pro” takes a great deal of preparation, training, and hard work – just like pursuing a health career.

Over the course of the event, you will learn about the application process and best practices from our admissions department, how to adopt the professional mindset, and hear from our keynote speaker.

You will also hear from our panel of underrepresented professional students currently enrolled at SUNY College of Optometry, our Admissions and CSTEP team, our Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, and our VP of Student Affairs.

The event will end with a reception where you’ll have an opportunity to meet and network with our college community and all the speakers in attendance.

GoPro 2023

SUNY Optometry CSTEP’s “Train to Go Pro” Event

Schedule of Events

1:00pm – 1:20pm
  • Introduction to Going Pro
  • Quy H. Nguyen, O.D.

1:20pm – 1:40pm
  • How to Get Into the “League”
  • Christian Alberto, EdD & Sav Ramirez, MA

1:40pm – 2:00pm
  • The Mindset of a Professional
  • Gui Albieri, PhD

2:00pm – 2:40pm
  • Keynote

2:55pm – 3:40pm
  • SUNY OD Students & Resident Panel
  • Stephanie Aguilar, OD, FAAO, Rena Shilian,
  • Tahmina Keya, Arianne Jean-Francois

3:40pm – 4:00pm
  • Reflection & Wrap Up
  • Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO

4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Reception
  • CSTEP students & speakers
  • OD students
  • Staff/Faculty


Guilherme Albieri, PhD
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Vice President for Student Affairs
SUNY Optometry’s appointed Chief Diversity Officer

Quy H. Nguyen, OD
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Director of Career Development and Minority Enrichment

Christian Alberto, MSEd
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Associate Director of Admissions

Sav Ramirez, MA
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Admissions Assistant

Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO
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Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and completed a residency in ocular disease at the SUNY College of Optometry. She has achieved Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry and is a Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry. Dr Harewood has extensive experience in hospital-based eye care and the first was the first fulltime optometrist performing inpatient consults at Northwell Health’s Staten Island University Hospital campus. This is a position she held for 6 years. Dr. Harewood then worked as a faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at BronxCare Health System. There, she taught optometry and ophthalmology residents in a clinical and didactic setting, and provided direct patient care. She currently serves on the UC Berkeley Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). She was named the inaugural Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at SUNY College of Optometry in 2020, along with being appointed as an Associate Clinical Professor. She is a leading voice in the push to increase diversity in the optometric field.

Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging