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  • ASCO Diversity & Cultural Competency Committee and Student Affairs Committee Collaborative Townhall:

    Date: October 6, 2023
    Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET

    Where: Zoom Webinar
    Registration Link: 

    Cost: FREE to join

    The US Supreme Court has made their decision with regards to whether institutions of higher education can use race as a factor in admissions. 

    Now it’s time to discuss the impact on optometric admissions.  Our guest, Mr. Art Coleman, managing partner and co-founder of the EducationCounsel, LLC will discuss ramifications for admissions departments and important next steps in wake of this decision.

    Generously Sponsored by VSP Vision

    Speaker Bio:

    Art is managing partner and co-founder of EducationCounsel LLC. He provides policy, strategic, and legal counseling services to national nonprofit organizations, school districts, state agencies, and postsecondary institutions throughout the country, where he addresses issues associated with student access, diversity, inclusion, expression, and success; faculty diversity, inclusion, and expression; and institutional accountability and accreditation.

    He previously served as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), where, in the 1990s, he led the department’s development of the department’s Title VI policy on race-conscious financial aid, as well as OCR’s first comprehensive Title IX sexual harassment policy guidance.

    He was instrumental in the establishment of the College Board's Access and Diversity Collaborative (ADC) in 2004, which he has helped lead since its inception. With a focus on issues of diversity and inclusion, he has authored amicus briefs in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), Gratz v. Bollinger (2003), and in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (I and II, 2013 and 2016). His advocacy work also includes the development of a federal amicus strategy and numerous briefs on behalf of transgender students in federal court litigation throughout the United States.

    A former litigator, Art has testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

  • Deadline Reminder: 2023 Nominations for ASCO Achievement Awards

    This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to submit nominations for the various 2023 ASCO awards is this Friday, January 13.

    The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry is now accepting nominations for the various achievement awards that will be presented at the ASCO Annual Business Meeting in June 2023. Below you will find a list of the various awards with a brief description of each.

    All submissions require the following to be considered by the Awards & Resolutions Committee:

    • Letter of nomination, based on the award criteria
    • copy of the nominee’s CV
    • optional supporting documentation which should be sent by the nominating individual.

    A link has been provided to the ASCO website where you will find past recipients for all ASCO awards, https://optometriceducation.org/awards-and-grants-opportunities/ This information may assist you when considering nominations.


    Lifetime Achievement Award

    The ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding individual who, over an extended period of time, provided exceptional leadership, made outstanding contributions and displayed exemplary commitment and dedication to ASCO and optometric education. This award is given “for unique and exceptional accomplishments and contributions to ASCO and optometric education.”

    The award is not necessarily an annual award or tied directly to retirements.

    Herbert Wertheim Award

    This award recognizes remarkable individuals or organizations that have accomplished high-impact, ground-breaking, and innovative programs or initiatives, and contributed substantially, or have the potential to sustainably address, eye and vision health and/or the social determinants of eye health and vision care, at the local, national, or global level.


    Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award

    The Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award was established in March 2000 as the “Innovation in Optometric Education Award" to recognize an ASCO volunteer for outstanding leadership or an outstanding innovation in optometric education that significantly impacts ASCO as an organization. The award was named in Dr. Jack Bennett’s honor in June 2000. Dr. Bennett, a creative leader in optometric education, was dean at three optometric institutions. 

    Rising Star Award

    This award recognizes a full-time faculty member or administrator with no more than seven years of service at a school or college of optometry and less than 10 years in optometry who has made noteworthy contribution(s) to fulfilling the mission, strategic objectives or programs of ASCO through service on committees, groups, task forces or special interest groups or through special project work.

    Nominees will have also demonstrated outstanding contributions to their school or college of optometry in at least one of the following areas:

    • Teaching, which may include classroom, laboratory instruction or course development
    • Scholarship, which may include grant writing, research, publications, presentations or other scholarly and creative activities
    • Administration, which may include general administration, planning, development or evaluation activities
    • Professional service, which may include work on the community, state or national levels that represents or promotes ASCO or optometric education.

    A majority of all nominees’ professional career should be as a faculty member or administrator at a school or college of optometry.


    Industry Leadership Award

    The ASCO Ophthalmic Industry Leadership Award recognizes an individual from a current or past Corporate Contributor partner company who demonstrates exemplary support of ASCO and its member institutions. The individual serves as an example for his/her colleagues in industry and has made exceptional and meaningful contributions to the advancement of ASCO and optometric education. Nominations will only be accepted from the ASCO Board of Directors and ASCO staff.  


    Nominations should be submitted by close of business on Friday, January 13, 2023. Please email your nomination letter with supporting materials to slau@opted.org.


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