AOA to Establish Task Force on Diversity and Inclusivity

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Friday, September 25, 2020 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA), moving to follow-up on its earlier statement  on the national dialogue around diversity following the death of George Floyd, has taken the opportunity to look inward and assess how the organization can be even more impactful and focus on advocacy for doctors, patients and as a profession. One of the results has been the effort to develop a board-level Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force appointed by AOA president William T. Reynolds, OD.

Salus, Hampton Universities Establish New Partnership to Address Shortage of Black Student Representation in Optometry Schools

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Friday, September 18, 2020 12:30 AM ELKINS PARK, Pa.—Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) recently partnered with Hampton University, one of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) based in Hampton, Va., to offer a new articulation agreement to address the shortage of Black student representation in optometric education and the health care profession.

Leading Industry and Professional Execs to Join SUNY Optometry's 3rd Live Webinar on Diversity, 'An Honest Conversation,' on Sept. 23

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Friday, September 18, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Several leading professional and industry optometric professionals are scheduled to take part in "An Honest Conversation about Race & Optometry," a live webinar exploring Diversity & Leadership Development in Industry and the Profession," the third in a series of panels hosted by the SUNY College of Optometry. The session is open for registration and will be held on Sept. 23 from 7:00 p.m. ET to 9:00 p.m. ET. The third of SUNY Optometry's webinar series discusses how to increase diversity and provide leadership development in industry and professional organizations by bringing together leaders in those areas. The first two parts of the series discussed the experiences of Black optometrists as students and doctors and offered solutions to problems of diversity, inclusion, and mentorship within optometric education.

The Vision Council Launches Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force in Effort to Work Toward Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Community

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Monday, September 14, 2020 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is announcing today the launch of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. The task force launch is part of the organization’s larger brand reimagination focused on community-building and industry growth.

Southern College of Optometry Embraces Diversity and Inclusion in Initiative and Expands Role of Dr. Janette Pepper

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:15 AM MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Southern College of Optometry is addressing the necessary conversation of race relations and diversity in the nation head-on with an initiative to expand its leadership and build a more equitable and inclusive campus culture, according to a recent announcement.

NECO Names Its First Diversity and Inclusion Liaison, Joins Black Eyecare Perspective’s 13 Percent Promise

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Monday, August 10, 2020 12:15 AM BOSTON—The New England College of Optometry has announced that Dr. Angela Abraham, OD, has been appointed as the school’s first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Liaison. In this role, Dr. Abraham will work with NECO’s new Alliance for the Advancement of Diversity and Inclusion, which includes faculty, staff and students. The goal of the group is to “promote a culture where individuals from diverse backgrounds and life experience feel they belong, are able to contribute, and can thrive academically and professionally. A primary role of this Alliance is to connect D&I activities to a broader set of data-driven, results-oriented strategies, and to promote campus-wide communication on progress,” NECO said in a statement.

Second Discussion of Race in Optometry 'Seeking Solutions' Panel Set by SUNY Optometry for July 29

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Friday, July 24, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—A second part of the webinar series on Race in Optometry "Seeking Solutions: An Honest Conversation on Optometric Education" has been set to take place on July 29, from 7:00 p.m. ET to 9:00 p.m. ET, an event organized by the SUNY College of Optometry. The discussion will focus on diversity, inclusion, and mentorship, which help lead the way to career pathways. The July 29 panel participants include:
• Dr. John Flanagan - Dean and Professor, School of Optometry, University of California Berkeley
• Dr. Joy Harewood - Attending Optometrist, Bronxcare Health System|Adjunct Professor, SUNY College of Optometry

Black Eyecare Perspective Launches IMPACT HBCU Initiative

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Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:36 AM NEW YORK—Black Eyecare Perspective is launching a new initiative, IMPACT HBCU, to bring more awareness of the vision care field to Black students, educate them about the opportunities in optometry and cultivate more involvement from students in Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout the U.S. To support the program, several leading eyecare and optical retail companies have stepped up to be the initial three supporters of the program: America's BestMyEyeDr., and Warby Parker.

SUNY College of Optometry Forms Task Force to Advance Race and Equity

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Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry has taken immediate steps to address racial and social disparities on campus and in the optometric profession with the formation of the President’s Task Force on Race and Equity (TFRE). Made up of a 12-member team of faculty, students, and staff, the TFRE is charged with evaluating current efforts to advance diversity and inclusion and identifying areas for improvement while opening up the conversation about race, ethnicity, and bias throughout the College community.

VSP Global and the National Optometric Association Honor Five Optometry Students With the Prestigious Dr. Marvin R. Poston Leadership Award

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global and the National Optometric Association (NOA) announced the recipients of the 2020 Dr. Marvin R. Poston Leadership Award. The eponymous award is named in celebration of the late Dr. Poston, an icon in the field of optometry and the only Black co-founding member of VSP. The award recognizes outstanding optometry students in each cohort who uphold Dr. Poston’s commitment to leadership, service and diversity. Award recipients receive a $4,000 scholarship toward their education. 

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Supports 'Stop Hate for Profit' Boycott

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:27 AM ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) announced its support of a nationwide pause on advertising on Facebook and Instagram social media channels at least through the month of July.

CooperVision Announces Recipients of National Optometric Association Future Contact Lens Leader Scholarships

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Monday, July 20, 2020 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—In support of the education of future eyecare professionals, CooperVision and the National Optometric Association (NOA) have awarded three $1,000 scholarships to exceptional optometry students with a high interest in contact lenses.

Virtual EYE2EYE Series Continues on July 22, 'Open Your Eyes! What Allyship of Diversity & Inclusion Looks Like,' With Various Optical Industry Leaders

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Vision Expo will host "Open Your Eyes! What Allyship of Diversity & Inclusion Looks Like" as part of the Virtual EYE2EYE Series, a weekly series of virtual panels and interactive conversations inspired by Vision Expo’s EYE2EYE educational series. This Coffee Talk session will be hosted on Wednesday, July 22 at 12:15 p.m. EDT. The session will be moderated by Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO, president of New England College of Optometry.

The Vision Council Raises $38,000 Through 'Open Your Eyes' Frame Vendue Auction

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is pleased to announce that the organization’s Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue auction has raised $38,100 for the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance The week-long virtual auction featured frames with special significance, including one-of-a-kind or never released designs; high demand but discontinued designs; and iconic frames that speak to a moment in eyewear history, designed by leading independent designers. Additionally, several of the participating designers have pledged their intent to match the winning bids with their own donation.

SUNY College of Optometry to Host 'Race in Optometry: An Honest Conversation' Panel on July 1

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry will be hosting a timely discussion, "Race in Optometry: An Honest Conversation," a live webinar covering the issues and obstacles that impact Black optometrists. It will be held on Wednesday, July 1, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is being organized by the College’s Office of Continuing Professional Education who noted that this webinar is the first of a two-part series. Part I will discuss the problem; Part II will seek solutions.