J&J Vision Announces New Collaboration to Eliminate Inequities and Increase Representation of People of Color in Eyecare

By Staff
Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:27 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, is announcing a collaboration with Black Eye Care Perspective, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to redefining the color of the eyecare industry.

Vision Expo West to Explore Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Through a Series of Interactive Panels

By Staff
Friday, September 3, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, co-organizers of Vision Expo, today shared details on the panels and discussions dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion planned for Vision Expo West 2021, taking place September 22-25 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

2nd IMPACT-HBCU Community Awareness Virtual Event, to Help Students and Families Learn About the Optometry Profession, Is Planned for Oct. 12

By Staff
Thursday, September 2, 2021 12:21 AM PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. and RALEIGH, N.C.—On Tuesday, October 12, Black Eyecare Perspective will host its second annual “IMPACT HBCU- If you see it, you can be it.” The community awareness and targeted recruitment initiative is an event for families, students and educators at HBCUs (and all schools) to meet Black optometrists, learn about the diversity of the profession and how one can become a Doctor of Optometry. This event will be held virtually and is free to the public.

National Vision Wins Two Awards Celebrating Gender Diversity

By Staff
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 12:18 AM Duluth, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, has received two recent awards for gender diversity, according to an announcement this week.

Tarrence Lackran to Join Luxury Optical Holdings as VP, Community Relations—Diversity & Inclusion

By Staff
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) has hired Tarrence Lackran for a newly created position, vice president, community relations—diversity & inclusion.

The Vision Council Announces First Seven Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund Recipients, Extends Application Deadline

By Staff
Monday, July 26, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced that the selection committee for the Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund has chosen the first round of scholarship recipients.

National Optometric Association, Dr. Marvin R. Poston Foundation and VSP Global Announce Recipients of Visioning the Future Mentorship Program

By Staff
Friday, July 23, 2021 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—In continuing a commitment to increasing awareness about the optometric profession to minority communities, the National Optometric Association (NOA), the Dr. Marvin R. Poston Foundation and VSP Global, announced the recipients of Visioning the Future mentorship program.

NECO Announces $100,000 Diversity Scholarship Donation from National Vision

By Staff
Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:21 AM BOSTON—The New England College of Optometry (NECO) has announced that National Vision, Inc. donated $100,000 to establish a new scholarship geared toward first-generation students from under-represented backgrounds.

The New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Warby Parker Expand Scholarship to Increase Black Representation in the Field

By Staff
Thursday, July 1, 2021 12:24 AM BOSTON—New England College of Optometry (NECO) is announcing that eyewear brand Warby Parker has expanded its first-of-its-kind scholarship at NECO, with the goal of increasing Black representation in the field of optometry. The Warby Parker Scholarship, established in the fall of 2020 to cover the tuition of two Black scholars for the College’s four-year doctor of optometry program, will now expand to provide two additional Black optometry students with a tuition-free opportunity.

SUNY College of Optometry to Host 'Race in Optometry: Accountability - One Year Later' Panel Discussion to be Held on the Occasion of Juneteenth

By Staff
Friday, June 11, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Last year, the SUNY College of Optometry’s Office of Continuing Professional Education hosted a three-part Webinar Series on Race in Optometry. These webinars took a hard look at the experiences of Black optometrists as students, residents, faculty, and practitioners.

Rising to the Challenge

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, May 31, 2021 1:00 AM NEW YORK—In a year of upheaval, which in the year 2020 escalated on every front, from health care, business, family, politics and culture, due to many things including a global pandemic, it became clear to many that a new awareness of inequities, access and a demand for change would bring about a new and more widespread dialogue within the optical industry and profession toward diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Open Your Eyes Scholarships Support Students’ Path to Opticianry Schools

By Staff
Monday, May 24, 2021 12:58 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—In January of this year, The Vision Council launched the Open Your Eyes Scholarship Program, through the Better Vision Institute, a 501(c)(3) charity designed to support high school students in marginalized communities throughout the U.S. who have an interest in pursuing a career in the optical industry. The program will support selected students through monetary scholarships to opticianry school, paid internships and mentorships.

Black EyeCare Perspective Expands Its Connections and Development on Many Fronts

By Staff
Monday, May 24, 2021 12:57 AM PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. and RALEIGH, N.C—2020 and 2021 have been busy years for the members and supporters of Black EyeCare Perspective (BEP), which has raised its profile among Black eyecare professionals, prospective optometrists (students) and supporters from across the industry. Its engaged members have shared their personal professional journeys with others, and developed two signature events including: IMPACT HBCU (the first Tuesday of October) and Black EyeCare Perspective Pre-Optometry Club’s (BEPPOC) Signing Day (the last Tuesday in April). The group also has posted an Annual Report to provide transparency to the dollars and support raised and to recap its goals.

CEO Action Pledge for Diversity and Inclusion Signed by National Vision’s CEO

By Staff
Monday, May 24, 2021 12:56 AM DULUTH, Ga.—Several companies across the optical industry have expressed their support to embrace, learn and develop diversity and inclusion initiatives at their companies. National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NVI) (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, is one of these, augmenting its existing support of the goals by naming several new corporate board members this year.