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.

America’s Best to Sponsor PCO’s Summer Enrichment Program

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:27 AM ELKINS PARK, Pa.—The Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University will announce today that America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses will be the sole sponsor of the University’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) with its vision to increase the number of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) in the optometric profession.

The New England College of Optometry Announces Warby Parker Scholarship, New Full-Ride Fund to Increase Black Representation in the Field

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Monday, October 5, 2020 12:24 AM BOSTON—New England College of Optometry (NECO) has announced that eyewear brand Warby Parker has established a first-of-its-kind scholarship fund at NECO with the goal of increasing Black representation in the field of optometry.

SUNY Optometry's 'Honest Discussion' About Race and Optometry Covered Range of Issues and Opportunities

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Monday, October 5, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—An "Honest Discussion" about race in optometry was the focus of a professional and industry focused discussion, the third in a series of webinars hosted by SUNY College of Optometry last month. The session, featuring a range of professional, industry and academic leaders, is now posted on SUNY Optometry's site here. As VM reported, the discussion was developed to plan a further call to action, covering the issues and obstacles that impact minorities in the field of optometry, particularly within the Black community.

ASCO Webinar and Resources Encourage Doctors of Optometry to Inspire Future Practitioners

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Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:24 AM ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry  (ASCO) is offering an educational webinar and resource-rich toolkit for practitioners and others interested in sharing why optometry should be a profession of choice.

'First IMPACT HBCU: If You Can See It, You Can Be It' Event to Launch on Oct. 6

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Monday, September 28, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Participation and interest is widening for the upcoming inaugural event, "IMPACT HBCU: If You See It, You Can Be It," an initiative developed to increase awareness of the optometric profession to students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It will also, organizers said, raise the visibility of Black and African American optometrists in the community.

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.