CSTEP Symposium

Are you an underrepresented minority student 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 virtual CSTEP Symposium, through Zoom, on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm 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, Professor Shaun Ossei-Owusu. He will discuss his journey and provide you with some insight on how to succeed in your careers.

You will also hear from our panel of underrepresented minority 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.

We hope to “see” you all there!

To join us on Tuesday, please use the following Zoom information:

Meeting ID: 227 175 2101
Password: CSTEPSym21

Train to Go Pro 2021

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

Schedule of Events

1:00 – 1:20pm

  • Introduction to Going Pro
  • Quy H. Nguyen, OD

1:20 – 1:40pm

  • How to Get Into the “League”
  • Christian Alberto, MSEd & Sav Ramirez, MA

1:40 – 2:00pm

  • The Mindset of a Professional
  • Gui Albieri, PhD

2:00 – 2:40pm

2:40 – 2:55pm

  • Break

2:55 – 3:40pm

  • SUNY OD Students & Resident Panel
  • Moderator: Quy H. Nguyen, OD
  • OD Student Panelists: Laura Medina, Taylor Greaves, Alex Martin
  • Resident: Asha Tadepalli, OD

3:40 – 4:00pm

  • Reflection & Wrap Up
  • Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO

4:00 – 4:30pm

  • Breakout Room Social (OPTIONAL for attendees)
  • CSTEP students & speakers
  • OD students: Janet Lam, Taylor Greaves, Ridwan Carim-Sanni, Lindsey Chan


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
Shaun Ossei-Owusu, JD, PhD
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Shaun Ossei-Owusu is an interdisciplinary legal scholar with expertise in legal history, criminal law and procedure, civil rights, and the legal profession. His work sits at the intersection of law, history, and sociology, and focuses on how governments meet their legal obligations to provide protections and benefits to poor people and racial minorities. He also works on stratification in legal education and the legal profession.

He has received awards from social science and humanities organizations such as the American Bar Foundation, American Society for Criminology, American Society for Legal History, The Huntington Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the New York University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law ReviewVirginia Law ReviewMichigan Law ReviewUCLA Law ReviewSouthern California Law ReviewWisconsin Law Review, and the American Journal of Law & Medicine, among other outlets. His public writing has appeared in the ABA Journal, American Prospect, Boston Review, Jacobin, Public Books, and Salon.

His book first project, The People’s Champ: Legal Aid from Slavery to Mass Incarceration, is under contract with Harvard University Press. His second project, tentatively titled Renegade at Law: How Our Legal Industry Creates, Justifies, and Compounds Inequality, is under contract with Liveright. Before joining the Penn Law faculty, he was an Academic Fellow and a Kellis E. Parker Teaching Fellow at Columbia Law School. He received his PhD from the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley and his JD from Berkeley Law. He previously practiced litigation and healthcare enforcement law at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C., and worked as a Loaned Associate focusing on public benefits appeals with the Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. He is a 2021 New America Fellow and a proud Bronx-born native.

Telephone: 215.898.5071
Email: oss@law.upenn.edu

OD Student/Resident Panel

Asha Tadepalli, OD
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Resident at Bronxcare Health System

Laura Medina
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OD Candidate, Class of 2024

Taylor Greaves
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OD Candidate, Class of 2024

Alex Martin
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OD Candidate, Class of 2024