Wednesday, July 5, 2023 12:27 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The National Optometric Association
(NOA), a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of minority populations and serving underprivileged communities, is kicking off its annual convention, the 2023 NOA Convention this week, July 6 - July 9 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort here.
Friday, June 30, 2023 12:27 AM
NEW YORK—The United States Supreme Court's momentous decision yesterday to strike down affirmative action and consideration of race in college admissions had been predicted by many law experts for some time. But the reality of the decision and its implications, as interpreted by states, communities, education institutions as well as some health care and businesses, are in process now and likely to be for some time. The impact of the Court's 6-3 decision
on existing and ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives is prompting groups in the optometry arena to also reassess how they can correctly pursue the goals of boosting diversity and equity goals in the profession moving forward.
Tuesday, June 27, 2023 12:30 AM
WASHINGTON D.C.—At last week's Optometry's Meeting
, the American Optometric Association's
(AOA) board of trustees convened with the Black EyeCare Perspective
(BEP) executive team for the first in-person gathering between the leaders, addressing the importance of moving the profession forward and action-oriented strategies to create opportunities for today and tomorrow’s Black optometrists, while working toward and building a robust applicant pool. The AOA announced that AOA president Ronald L. Benner, OD, on behalf of the organization, took an historic step, signing the 13% Promise
with Black EyeCare Perspective leaders Adam Ramsey, OD, Darryl Glover, OD, Essence Johnson, OD, and Jacobi Cleaver, OD.
Friday, June 23, 2023 12:21 AM
NEW YORK—SUNY College of Optometry's Office of Continuing Professional Education
will conduct another webinar in its three-year series designed to stimulate a national conversation on race and equity within the profession of optometry.
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 12:30 AM
NEW YORK and ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP) has declared the low number of historically underrepresented men of color (HUMOC) graduating and entering the health care professions a national crisis. Representing CEOs of national academic health professions associations, FASHP has released a consensus statement
addressing this critical issue, and is calling on local and national educational, health care, governmental and community leaders to raise awareness regarding this critical issue and to identify barriers and provide resources to dramatically increase the number of men of color graduating from the health professions. The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry’s
(ASCO) Dawn Mancuso, MAM, CAE, FASAE is executive vice president and CEO is president of FASHP.
Monday, May 1, 2023 12:18 AM
DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision, Inc.
has recognized the start of Mental Health Awareness Month this month with the launch of its new limited edition See Inside frame collection, designed to bring attention to the importance of mental health.
Thursday, April 27, 2023 12:21 AM
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision
and Black EyeCare Perspective
have announced the creation of the “Empowering Equity Scholarship,” which will provide $15,000 scholarships to a pair of eligible optometry students.
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 12:21 AM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Black EyeCare Perspective
, founded by optometrists Drs. Adam Ramsey and Darryl Glover, was designed, and created to cultivate and foster lifelong relationships between African Americans and the eyecare industry. Along with Drs. Essence Johnson (executive director), Jacobi Cleaver (chief program officer) and Tiffany Humes (business transformation manager), Black EyeCare Perspective is redefining the color of the eyecare industry 1 percent at a time by creating a pipeline for Black students into optometry.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 12:18 AM
NEW YORK—In honor of Pride Month in June, five independent CFDA
(Council of Fashion Designers of America) eyewear designers are uniting to launch the second annual edCFDA Pride Eyewear Initiative.
Thursday, February 16, 2023 12:18 AM
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision
has released its 2022 Impact Report, which spotlights key initiatives undertaken by the organization in alignment with its decades-long commitment to social responsibility.
Monday, January 30, 2023 12:21 AM
NEW YORK—Rock4Sight 2023, will be back at the Hard Rock Café to celebrate the optical industry and raise funds for ECN Purpose
, a 501c3 Charity dedicated to providing both eye health education and connection to vision care to the underserved. The party begins on Saturday, March 18 at 8:30 pm at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York City. As in the past, this will be a fun night of music, dancing, camaraderie and industry fellowship, however, this year features a new twist.
Friday, January 20, 2023 12:15 AM
ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
(ARVO) Foundation has announced the winner of the 2023 Genetech Career Development Award for Underrepresented Minority Emerging Vision Scientists. Edmund Arthur, OD, PhD, will receive a two-year grant totaling $100,000 to support research and personnel costs for establishing an independent vision research program. The Genentech Award is intended to provide early-career URM investigators with an opportunity to explore novel and innovative research project ideas.