Diversity Initiatives Committee

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
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/02/2019

Member

Lin Cheng, MD, PhD

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

Member

Adel Ebraheem, MD, MS

Section: Retina
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Member

Morgan V Fedorchak, PhD

Section: Physiology/Pharmacology
University of Pittsburgh
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/02/2019

Member

Ludwig M Heindl, MD PhD

Section: Anatomy & Pathology
University of Cologne
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/03/2018

Member

Paloma Borrajo Liton, PhD

Section: Physiology/Pharmacology
Duke University Eye Center
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/03/2018

Member

Ann-Marie Lobo, MD

Section: Immunology & Microbiology
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/02/2019

Member

Conor Patrick Malone, MB BCh BAO LRCP&SI

Section: Retina
Royal Victoria Eye and Ear HospiralRoyal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospiral
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/05/2016

Member

Poonam Mudgil, PhD

Section: Cornea
Western Sydney University
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/03/2018

Member

John O'Brien, PhD

Section: Visual Neuroscience
Univ of Texas Houston Med Sch
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Member

Dolly Ann Padovani-Claudio, MD, PhD

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

Member

Gianluca Tosini, PhD

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Morehouse School of Medicine
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/10/2018

Member

M Natalia Vergara, PhD

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

Member

Suresh Viswanathan, PhD

Section: Glaucoma
SUNY College of Optometry
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/03/2018

Ex Officio National Eye Institute

Jerome R Wujek, PhD

Section: Anatomy & Pathology
National Eye Institute/NIH

Ex Officio

Claude F. Burgoyne, MD, FARVO

Section: Glaucoma
Devers Eye Institute
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/02/2019

Ex Officio

Emily Y. Chew, MD, FARVO

Section: Clinical & Epidemiologic Research
National Eye Institute/NIH
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/03/2018

Ex Officio

Steven J Fliesler, PhD FARVO

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
SUNY-Buffalo / VA Med Ctr-Buffalo
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Ex Officio

Justine R. Smith, FRANZCO, PhD, FARVO

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

Ex Officio Executive Director

Iris M. Rush, CAE

ARVO

Trustee Liaison

Irene Gottlob, MD FARVO

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

Trustee Liaison

Jennifer J. Kang-Mieler, PhD, FARVO

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

Staff Committee Liaison

Katrina Norfleet

ARVO