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Enacting an important goal in the college's strategic plan, SCO has begun a new recruitment initiative with Dr. Janette Dumas at the helm as Coordinator of Minority Recruitment.
"As part of the new Strategic Plan and the college's desired emphasis on a greater outreach to prospective underrepresented minority students, Sunnie Ewing, Director of Student Recruitment, and I determined that creating the position of Coordinator of Minority Student Recruitment would benefit us in many ways," said Joe Hauser, Vice President of Student Services.
"We feel having Dr. Dumas' talents and admissions experience in this new role will provide the college a much greater exposure to qualified underrepresented minority students."
Dr. Dumas, who says she is excited about the new position, feels patients will inevitably benefit from this new recruiting initiative and has already begun planning her approach.
"The need for more minority eye care professionals is evident because there is a disparity between the number of minority patients and the number of minority optometrists," she said.
"Activities such as participating in recruitment trips, establishing contacts, and, most importantly, building relationships, will be instrumental in reaching our goal."
First appointed to SCO's faculty in 2004, Dr. Dumas serves as an Assistant Professor. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and completed her Residency in Pediatrics at SCO.