Diversity Initiatives Committee

Description

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

Activities

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

Meetings

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

How to Apply – application period opens December 2021

To be considered for membership on the Committee, please submit an online application consisting of an application statement plus detail of past ARVO service and/or experience. It is recommended that individuals:

  • Invest time in their application
  • Make sure their member information is updated and accurate in ARVOConnect

Applications will be accepted from December 2021 through January 2022. The ARVO President-elect will make appointments in February/March for the term beginning in May 2022 (additional details will be announced at a later date).

Roster

Chair

Catherine A. Opere, PhD

Section: Physiology and Pharmacology
Creighton University
Omaha , Neb.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 04/27/2023

Member

Peter Lam, MD

Section: Cornea
LSU-Ochsner Shreveport
Houston , Texas
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member

Cesar Perez-Gonzalez, PhD

Section: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
National Eye Institute, NIH
Bethesda , Md.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member

Shengnan Qiao, PhD

Section: Visual Neuroscience
Yale University
New Haven , Conn.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member

Tasneem Sharma, PhD

Section: Glaucoma
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Fort Worth , Tex.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member

Manju Subramanian, MD

Section: Retina
Boston University
Boston , Mass.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member

Emiliano Teran, PhD

Section: Visual Psychophysics/Physiological Optics
Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa
Mexico , Mexico
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023

Member

Cintia de Paiva, MD, PhD

Section: Cornea
Baylor University College of Medicine
Houston , Tex.
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023

Member

Maria Cabrera-Aguas, MBBS, MIPH

Section: Clinical/Epidemiologic Research
Save Sight Institute - University of Sydney
Sydney , Australia
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023

Member

Deborah Awisi-Gyau

Section: Cornea
Indiana University
Bloomington , Ind.
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023

Member

Goldis Malek, PhD, FARVO

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Duke University - Ophthalmology Dept.
Durham , N.C.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024

Member

Darlene Miller, DHSc, MPH, MA

Section: Immunology/Microbiology
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine - Ophthalmology Dept.
Miami , Fla.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024

Member

Eisuke Shimizu, MD, PhD

Section: Cornea
Keio University School of Medicine - Dept. of Ophthalmology
Keio , Japan
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/07/2024

Member

Preeti Subramanian, PhD

Section: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
BrightFocus Foundation
Clarksburg , Md.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024

NEI Liaison, Ex Officio

Neeraj Agarwal, PhD, FARVO

National Eye Institute/NIH
Bethesda , Md.

Trustee Liaison, Ex Officio

Sophie Deng, MD, PhD, FARVO

Section: Cornea
Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
Los Angeles , Calif.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/06/2026

Trustee Liaison, Ex Officio

Frank Lovicu, PhD, FARVO

Section: Lens
University of Sydney
Sydney , Australia
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/06/2026

Ex Officio

Stephen C. Pflugfelder, MD, FARVO

Section: Cornea
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston , Tex.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/05/2022

Ex Officio

Maureen G. Maguire, PhD, FARVO

Section: Clinical/Epidemiologic Research
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia , Penn.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2022

Ex Officio

Justine R. Smith, FRANZCO, PhD, FARVO

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

Ex Officio

Iris M. Rush, CAE

ARVO
Executive Director

Co-Staff Committee Liaison

Clarissa Portillo

ARVO
Finance Coordinator

Co-Staff Committee Liaison

Mia Williams

ARVO
Meetings Manager