AOA’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
The American Optometric Association upholds and advances diversity, equity and inclusion. AOA is committed to advancing the diversity of the profession of optometry, nurturing an organizational culture that is committed to diversity and inclusion and continuing efforts to ensure access to care. These endeavors enable AOA to further the profession of optometry and improve the eye, vision and overall health of the public.
Enhancing the Diversity of the Profession of Optometry
We are committed to implementing initiatives that attract more underrepresented minorities to the profession, engage diverse doctors, students and paraprofessionals in leadership roles and providing the tools and resources to support them, including continuing education.
Nurturing an Organizational Culture Committed to Diversity and Inclusion
AOA is committed to nurturing a staff culture that embraces the value of diversity and inclusion through ongoing training and collective efforts aimed at reinforcing the importance of a diverse and inclusive team. Advancing the principles of diversity and inclusion in the workplace is important to improved collaboration and morale as well as greater innovation, productivity, and representation in the work we do to uphold the profession of optometry and public access to the care doctors of optometry deliver to the public.
Learn about the priority federal issues that hundreds of optometrists and optometry students will take to Capitol Hill as part of optometry’s single-largest annual advocacy gathering, April 14-16, and how you can join.
Although about 13% of the U.S. population is Black, they are woefully underrepresented in optometry. They represent about 2% of practicing doctors of optometry and a little over 3% of full-time students in optometry schools and colleges, according to studies. Black doctors of optometry seek to grow those numbers.