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PCO’s Dr. Ruth Shoge a Panelist on SUNY Webinar

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PCO’s Dr. Ruth Shoge a Panelist on SUNY Webinar

Ruth Shoge, OD, FAAO, assistant professor at Salus University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry and chair-elect of the ASCO Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee, was on the panel for a webinar earlier this week titled “Part 2 — Seeking Solutions — Race in Optometry: An Honest Conversation on Optometric Education” hosted by SUNY’s College of Optometry.”

“What was discussed were people’s experiences and that began the journey of awareness,” Dr. Shoge said. “The next step is to build awareness, knowledge and skills. Part of that knowledge-building is to understand the terms that we are using. When we say diversity, equity and inclusion, what does that mean? When we say cultural competency, what does that mean?”

The focus for the evening was on seeking solutions within optometric education by defining and discussing how diversity, equity and inclusion when combined with mentorship can help lead to career pathways for people of color in optometric profession and industry.


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