IDOC Announces Strategic Consulting Partnership With Diversity Perspective ODs to Increase Adoption of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Principles

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:27 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC, has announced a new strategic partnership with two of the eyecare industry’s noteworthy diversity leaders, Dr. Darryl Glover of Durham, N.C. and Dr. Adam Ramsey of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The two independent ODs and founding members of Diversity Perspective will create and share strategic recommendations with the IDOC management team designed to increase the adoption of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles.

Vision Expo and the National Optometric Association to Host Virtual EYE2EYE Series Spotlighting 5 Black Eyewear Entrepreneurs for Black History Month; NOA to Host More Virtual Events

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Friday, February 12, 2021 12:24 AM Vision Expo and NOA to host EYE2EYE series, Transitions Optical’s Pulse meeting, Northeast optical sales dip, Kate Renwick-Espinosa to head up VSP Vision Care and WebMD fights vaccine misinformation all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

PPG to Invest $20 Million By 2025 to Advance Racial Equity

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Friday, February 5, 2021 12:27 AM PPG makes major investment to advance racial equity, Quigley Eye Specialists partners with Beraja Medical Institute, Jobson Tracker says U.S. sales decline, ECP survey shows lower weekly revenues remain, and a new president for Johnson and Johnson Vision all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

SUNY Optometry Appoints First Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

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Friday, February 5, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry has appointed Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO as the College's first director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DDEIB) and associate clinical professor.

New UPS Express Packages Design Supports Black-Owned Small Businesses During Black History Month

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 8:15 AM NEW YORK—UPS is celebrating Black History Month this year with a special design on Express delivery packages, part of a campaign to support Black-owned small businesses. UPS has commissioned art for any of its delivery boxes, and the design was created by 25-year-old Sophia Yeshi, a graphic illustrator who is Black and southeast Asian and owns Yeshi Designs, a Brooklyn-based small business.

The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards Grant to New England College of Optometry to Fund a Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:21 AM BOSTON, Mass.—New England College of Optometry (NECO) has announced the receipt of a grant from the The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, that will fund a new diversity and inclusion scholarship.

The Vision Council Launches Open Your Eyes Scholarship Program and Virtual Auction Today to Support Opticianry Careers for High School Students

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council, through the Better Vision Institute, is launching the Open Your Eyes Scholarship Program, 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. The intent of the program is to launch a far-reaching effort that can expand to other segments of the industry.

SUNY Optometry's First Annual BLAACK Week Program Promotes Cultural Competency

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Monday, December 14, 2020 12:15 AM New York—As part of the mission to advance diversity and inclusion at SUNY College of Optometry, the College's President's Task Force on Race and Equity (TFRE) rolled out the first of many programs to promote active participation, understanding, and dialogue among campus members on cultural difference.

Warby Parker Among 23 Global Businesses Who Pledge to Support LGBTQ Refugees in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The Tent Partnership for Refugees, a network of over 130 major companies committed to integrating refugees, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, have joined forces to mobilize businesses in North America to support LGBTQ refugees. Altogether, 23 companies have announced their collective commitment to provide mentorship opportunities to approximately 1,250 LGBTQ refugees over the next three years. Among them is Warby Parker, according to an announcement yesterday.

The Vision Council Announces Additional Agenda Details and Lineup of Keynote Speakers for 2021 Executive Summit

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020 12:12 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council announced additional details about the 2021 Executive Summit, taking place for the first time in a completely virtual format from January 26-28, 2021 under the banner of “An OPTImistic View of the Future.”

The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Is Extended to Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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Monday, November 23, 2020 12:15 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Vision Council is extending the deadline to participate in the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey until Tuesday, November 24 at midnight.

American Express to Feature Eyewear Designers Coco and Breezy in New ‘Built to Last’ Black-Owned Small Business Podcast

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Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:58 PM NEW YORK—American Express’ #ShopSmall  initiative has taken on new dimensions in this unique year, extending the spotlight on the importance of supporting local small businesses to consumers in a range of categories. Just last month, Amex launched a new podcast, “Built to Last,” a series of conversations with trailblazing Black small business owners. The podcast is hosted by Elaine Welteroth, the former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, journalist, producer and New York Times best-selling author. Welteroth said, “I am excited to partner with American Express to shine a light on Black entrepreneurs that are blazing new trails and finding innovative ways to thrive despite unprecedented challenges.”

The Vision Council Launches 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey

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Monday, November 9, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council today announced the launch of the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 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, the custom survey is intended 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 survey is open to all members of the vision care products and services industry and participation is confidential.

Dr. C. Clayton Powell, Co-Founder of National Optometric Association, Dies at 93

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK— Dr. C. Clayton Powell, a co-founder of the National Optometric Association (NOA), passed away Friday in Atlanta where he had practiced for many years. He was 93.

Three Optometric Organizations Partner to Deliver Symposium on Diversity

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:33 AM ROCKVILLE, Md.—Diversity, equity and inclusion in optometric education will take center stage during a first-of-its-kind virtual symposium sponsored by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, the American Academy of Optometry, and the National Optometric Association on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST.