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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Monday, May 24, 2021 12:55 AM
NEW YORK—The Association of Schools & Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) has taken on a visible role in supporting DEI goals, pledging to do even more going forward. On its main website, ASCO and its member institutions state that they have embraced the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism in optometric education and in the profession. “Goals include developing an applicant pool, student community, faculty and profession that reflects the diversity of the U.S. population, while preparing future optometric clinicians for practicing in a multicultural and global society.”
Monday, May 24, 2021 12:54 AM
The now on-demand session was presented in collaboration with the American Academy of Optometry, The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, and the National Optometric Association, taking a close look at The Vision Council’s 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report.
Monday, May 24, 2021 12:52 AM
The Vision Council’s 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Report provides an in-depth analysis of the custom survey fielded to the vision care community in November 2020. The confidential survey, developed in partnership with Nonprofit HR, one of the leading full-service human resources firms focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector with expertise in DEI consulting, was designed to benchmark the vision care leadership landscape in order to help organizations within the industry identify opportunities they have to promote diversity, cultivate talent and improve their performance, the Council said.