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Students seeking health careers are invited to inaugural Diversity Hackathon

Diversity hackathon

The SUNY College of Optometry is inviting students who are seeking careers in the health professions to participate in its first-ever Diversity Hackathon on Friday, September 28, 2018.

A hackathon is a sprint-like event in which people collaborate intensively on solving a specific problem. The Diversity Hackathon will address the lack of diversity in optometry by collaboratively seeking feasible and implementable answers to one important question: How can SUNY Optometry increase the diversity of its student body?

Guest speaker Tyler Farnsworth will discuss how to think creatively, and participants will engage in a conversation on enrollment/recruitment strategies, learn more about the profession from a faculty and minority student panel, and take a tour of the College. Groups will be formed and tasked to come up with creative solutions to the proposed question, and the group with the best idea will be recognized with a prize. The college will implement the top ideas from this event as well as share best practices with everyone in attendance. The day will end with a reception.

Thanks to a generous Performance Improvement Fund (PIF) grant from SUNY, The College of Optometry will cover two nights of hotel and travel costs for qualified participants.

For more information, visit the Diversity Hackathon website.

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