Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:21 AM
, supported by funding from longtime corporate donor, National Vision, Inc.
, is launching a new program this Native American Heritage Month to serve indigenous populations in the U.S.
Friday, November 4, 2022 11:30 AM
NEW YORK—Long term societal issues, like those of diversity, equity & inclusion, have been fighting the hard fight for many years. With the escalation of the disruption unleashed by the global pandemic, the brighter spotlight on the topic from media, and a groundswell among individuals and organizations that more vocal and active commitment was needed, DE&I initiatives continue to expand. Voices from within health care, business, family, politics and culture are starting to join with those in structured organizations along with more assertive storytelling from groups victimized or impacted by the lack of inclusion in hiring, in receiving or accessing fair and equitable business or health care services and more. Individuals, groups and organizations across the optical industry and vision care profession, are stepping up to support these as part of an expanding commitment.
Friday, October 28, 2022 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—SUNY College of Optometry
received recognition last week from the State University of New York for the impressive achievements of its Eye-CARE Camp
program, which has helped to raise awareness of the College and bolster its strategic efforts toward greater diversity, equity and inclusion.
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:18 AM
NEW YORK—Black Eyecare Perspective
and optometrists of the Black community are once again being intentional in their impact and on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, will create a pipeline for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and beyond to raise awareness and provide assistance to students to bring attention to the field of optometry.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 12:15 AM
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—Students participating in the Visioning the Future Mentorship Program representing eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were recently recognized at a virtual ceremony for being accepted into schools of optometry. The group of 12 students were also awarded nearly $48,000 toward their education. Additionally, the program helps the students with long-term career planning, networking opportunities and other educational resources, according to a recent VSP Vision
announcement. The students represent the third cohort of the Visioning the Future Mentorship Program launched in 2019 by the Dr. Marvin R. Poston Education and Development Foundation, the National Optometric Association
(NOA) and VSP Vision to recognize students at HBCUs and foster their professional advancement in the field of optometry.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 12:15 AM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Black Eyecare Perspective
is sharing its support for a number of Black-owned independent eyewear brands and encouraging the optical community to do the same.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—SUNY College of Optometry's
Office of Continuing Professional Education will host another webinar this week on June 22 to explore the topic of race in optometry. For the last two years, the group has hosted sessions which took a hard look at the experiences of Black optometrists s students, residents, faculty and practitioners, with a goal of fostering a dialogue that would lead to changes in optometric education and in the eyecare industry. This week's webinar, in conjunction with the Juneteenth
celebration, brings back many previous participants to discuss whether substantive improvements have been made and where additional efforts are needed.
Thursday, June 16, 2022 12:27 AM
NEW YORK—The See & Be Seen Frame Benefit will kick off on Saturday, June 18 and will remain active until June 25 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The benefit, presented by Tarrence Lackran (@TheOpticalPoet
on Instagram), features frames with special significance designed by leading independent designers to support The Vision Council's Opening Your Eyes Scholarship
(OYES). OYES provides full scholarships and paid internships to high school seniors from underrepresented communities who have an interest in pursuing a career in the optical industry.
Monday, May 23, 2022 12:21 AM
DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, Inc.
(NVI) (NASDAQ: EYE), has announced the launch of its new Pride Collection, a limited series of gender-neutral eyewear celebrating Pride Month in June and the LGBTQ+ community.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 12:18 AM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Black EyeCare Perspective will be hosting its second Signing Day, scheduled for April 26, to celebrate the achievements of the Black EyeCare Perspective Pre-Optometry Club
Monday, March 14, 2022 12:15 AM
ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
(ASCO) and Johnson & Johnson Vision
announced the start of a unique partnership with an unprecedented sponsorship to address the need for greater diversity in optometry. “ASCO is excited to be teaming up with Johnson & Johnson Vision in our efforts to address the diversity issues in optometry today,” said Dr. Kelly Nichols, ASCO president. “We are beyond appreciative of this partnership and corresponding sponsorship, which is the largest in ASCO’s history.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 12:18 AM
NEW YORK—SUNY College of Optometry
and SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
(Downstate) announced a partnership to establish public health educational and research programs on the SUNY College of Optometry’s 42nd Street campus. This partnership will allow SUNY College of Optometry and SUNY Downstate’s School of Public Health to expand access to public health degree programs while creating collaborative research opportunities examining health care disparities and access, particularly in the area of eye and vision care.
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 12:21 AM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—With nearly 60,000 eyecare providers nationwide, less than 2 percent of practicing optometrists and ophthalmologists in the U.S. identify as Black or African American.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 8:20 AM
NEW YORK—In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan 17th, four members of Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board
share actionable ways eyecare professionals can foster diversity, equity and inclusion in their lives and careers in a new video to honor the leader. Viewers can understand the impact Dr. King and personal insights in conversations with Dr. Darryl Glover, Defocus Media
, Dr. Essence Johnson, Black Eyecare Perspective
, Dr. Janette Dumas Pepper, Southern College of Optometry
and Dr. Devin Sasser, Eye Clarity
. The Transitions Diversity Advisory Board members also share their dreams for the optical industry and world and how eyecare professionals can honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s principle of equality.