The recent protests in response to the killing of George Floyd and the many others before him has sparked a larger conversation around systemic and institutionalized racism in our country, and at our school. As our guiding principles state, “We are strongly committed to diversity, respect for cultural differences, and promotion of social justice. These principles serve us daily in our reasoning and actions and aid us in our decision making.” We know that our school must back up these words with action, and with the help of our faculty, staff, students and alums, we are committed to doing so. Visit our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Council page to read more about the school’s actions.

Recent Actions

Dean Flanagan Remembers Dr. C. Clayton Powell

November 9, 2020
On behalf of all the Deans and Presidents of the Schools and Colleges of Optometry, and all the faculty, staff and students they represent, Dean Flanagan offers sincere condolences to all of our friends and partners at the National Optometric Association and to the family and friends of Dr. C. Clayton Powell, an Optometry icon.
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Recent Actions

DEIB Action Plan Drafted

September 21, 2020
An Action Plan has been drafted for strategies to advance diversity and reduce structural racism at Berkeley Optometry and Vision Science.
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Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

August 7, 2020
Berkeley Optometry has formed the Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). The Council will be Co-Chaired by our Director of DEIB Barinder Dhillon-Flanagan and Faculty Advisor to Student Affairs Dr. Mika Moy, and will represent all constituents of the School. The Council’s Mission Statement is: “To identify and support opportunities to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging within Berkeley Optometry.”
Actions Taken

Black Advancement Initiative Kick Off Meeting

June 30, 2020
Four Black alums have reached out to the school to further the discussion around recruitment and retention of Black students and faculty at Berkeley Optometry. We thank our alums for initiating a dialog, sharing their stories, committing to developing a plan of action, and holding the school accountable. This is just the beginning — we hope to have more news on this important initiative in the coming weeks.

New Asst. Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs

June 28, 2020
Ms. Rivers comes to us from the Boston College School of Education, where she was Assistant Dean for Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid. Jessica has great experience with targeted recruiting for graduate/professional programs, and believes it is important to assess and discuss the specific social, economic, and environmental barriers for students of diverse backgrounds. In addition to being a great fit for this important, student-facing role, Jessica values the sense of community that makes Berkeley Optometry special.
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Frederick Mason Removed from Hall of Fame

June 25, 2020
Dr. Frederick Mason, who taught at the School of Optometry from 1924 to 1953 — and was a charter member of the Hall of Fame — held beliefs and behaved in a manner that is wholly unworthy of the honor bestowed upon him. Specifically, Dr. Mason was a racist and a bully. Therefore, he has been removed from our Hall of Fame.
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Berkeley Optometry Students for Black Lives Matter

June 19, 2020
In support of the BLM movement, our students have identified an organization called the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and are planning a gift to support their efforts. EJI works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality.
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Living by our Values and Guiding Principles

June 4, 2020
Within our own community, we must act to ensure that the senseless killing of George Floyd and the many others before him, will be a catalyst to a just and equitable society. As healthcare professionals, we have an extraordinary duty to ensure that the underserved of our country receive care that is so often denied by a system that unjustly excludes them.
Statement from Dean Flanagan