Diversity Initiatives Committee

Description

The Diversity Initiatives Committee monitors the issues facing ARVO Members of minority groups, women and those with special needs, develops initiatives to address these concerns and recommends ways for ARVO to respond.

Activities

  • Suggests names of ARVO women and minorities to the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) for possible appointments to Study Sections when asked.
  • Increases organizational sensitivity to the concerns and needs of minority/women investigators in ARVO and their leadership roles within ARVO.
  • Identifies successful models for the introduction of potential minority/women investigators into the biomedical research arena.
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for information on opportunities, programs, and resources specifically aimed at minority/women investigators.
  • Identifies possible mentors and role models for fledgling minority/women investigators. 
  • Identifies corporate sponsors for programs to increase minority/women's participation in biomedical research.
  • Reports to the Board of Trustees at its regular meetings.
  • Sponsors Annual Meeting workshops on issues of women/minority vision scientists.
  • Supports ARVO educational and membership initiatives, including outreach to the schools and expansion of mentoring for junior female and minority scientists.
  • Works with the Members-in-Training Committee and the International Members Committee to identify possible mentors and role models for fledgling minority/women investigators.

Meetings

The committee meets during the ARVO Annual Meeting and conducts business via ARVOConnect, by email and if needed by conference call during the year.

Roster

Chair

Mildred M. G. Olivier, MD

Section: Glaucoma
Midwest Glaucoma Center PC
Hoffman Estates , Ill.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/02/2019

Chair Elect

Gianluca Tosini, PhD

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta , Ga.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/02/2019

Member

Lin Cheng, MD, PhD

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Sun Yat-sen University
Guangzhou , China
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/02/2019

Member

Pablo De Gracia, OD, PhD

Section: Visual Psychophysics and Physiological Optics
Chicago College of Optometry Midwestern University
Downers Grove , Ill.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/06/2021

Member

Mitchell W. Dul, OD, MS

Section: Glaucoma
SUNY College of Optometry
New York , N.Y.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/06/2021

Member

Adel Ebraheem, MD, MS

Section: Retina
Doheny Eye Institute
Los Angeles , Calif.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Member

Morgan V. Fedorchak, PhD

Section: Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh , Pa.
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/02/2019

Member

Ann-Marie Lobo, MD

Section: Immunology and Microbiology
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
Chicago , Ill.
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/02/2019

Member

Conor P. Malone, MB, BCh, BAO, LRCP&SI

Section: Retina
Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital
Dublin , Ireland
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/02/2019

Member

John O'Brien, PhD

Section: Visual Neuroscience
University of Texas Houston Medical School
Houston , Texas
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Member

Catherine A. Opere, PhD

Section: Physiology and Pharmacology
Creighton University
Omaha , Neb.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/06/2021

Member

Dolly Ann Padovani-Claudio, MD, PhD

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Nashville , Tenn.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Member

Moataz M. Razeen, MD

Section: Retina
Byers Eye Institute at Stanford
Palo Alto , Calif.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/06/2021

Member

M. Natalia Vergara, PhD

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora , Colo.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

NEI Liaison, Ex Officio

Neeraj Agarwal, PhD, FARVO

National Eye Institute/NIH
Bethesda , Md.

Trustee Member

Jennifer J. Kang-Mieler, PhD, FARVO

Section: Retina
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago , Ill.
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/07/2020

Trustee Liaison, Ex Officio

Irene Gottlob, MD, FARVO

Section: Eye Movements/Strabismus/Amblyopia/Neuro-Ophthalmology
University of Leicester
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/06/2021

Ex Officio

Steven J. Fliesler, PhD, FARVO

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
SUNY-Buffalo / VA Medical Center - Buffalo
Buffalo , N.Y.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Ex Officio

W. Daniel Stamer, PhD, FARVO

Section: Physiology and Pharmacology
Duke University
Durham , N.C.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/07/2020

Ex Officio

Claude F. Burgoyne, MD, FARVO

Section: Glaucoma
Devers Eye Institute
Portland , Ore.
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/02/2019

Ex Officio

Justine R. Smith, FRANZCO, PhD, FARVO

Section: Immunology and Microbiology
Flinders University
Adelaide , South Austrailia
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/05/2022

Ex Officio

Iris M. Rush, CAE

ARVO
Executive Director