UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry — the only program of its kind at a public university in the west — consistently ranks as one of the best schools for optometric education in the nation. Berkeley’s school combines didactic and clinical education with groundbreaking research into the causes and cures for blindness and other vision disorders. The $20-million campaign for the School of Optometry will strengthen support for faculty recruitment and research, establish a world-class surgical center and upgrade facilities, create new student scholarships, and help prepare the next generation of optometrists and optometric educators.
Private support is critical to maintaining the excellence of Berkeley’s programs. Endowed faculty chairs and other recruitment incentives will ensure the preeminence of the faculty; scholarships for high-achieving students will enable Berkeley to recruit top candidates regardless of their financial means; building a world-class surgical center will benefit students and the Bay Area community; and substantial, targeted renovations to upgrade facilities in Minor Hall will contribute to preparing future doctors with the knowledge and clinical skills necessary for caring for the vision of their patients or pursuing research and teaching.
The School of Optometry is not only committed to academic excellence, but also to public service locally and globally. Optometry faculty, students, staff, and alumni are engaged in volunteer projects in China, India, and Guatemala, as well as in Oakland and the farms of California’s Central Valley. Private support will advance the research of faculty and graduate students in the areas of diabetes, children’s vision, age-related macular degeneration, and corneal transplantation — research that will ultimately improve the lives of people facing health-care disparities in disadvantaged communities in the United States and around the world.
Join us in the Campaign for the School of Optometry:
For more information:
Director of Philanthropy
School of Optometry
University of California, Berkeley
302 Minor Hall # 2020
Berkeley, CA 94720-2020