SUNY College of Optometry to Host 'Race in Optometry: Accountability - One Year Later' Panel Discussion to be Held on the Occasion of Juneteenth

By Staff
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.

Rising to the Challenge

By Marge Axelrad
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).

Open Your Eyes Scholarships Support Students’ Path to Opticianry Schools

By Staff
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.

Black EyeCare Perspective Expands Its Connections and Development on Many Fronts

By Staff
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.

CEO Action Pledge for Diversity and Inclusion Signed by National Vision’s CEO

By Staff
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.

Optometric Colleges Deepen their Diversity Commitments

By Staff
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.”

Opening Your Eyes! The First Look at the Industry’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey

By Staff
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.

The Vision Council’s Report Starts the Diversity and Inclusion Conversation

By Staff
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.

National Vision’s Reade Fahs Signs CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion Pledge

By Staff
Friday, May 7, 2021 12:24 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers providing quality, affordable eyecare and eyewear, announced that its CEO, Reade Fahs, has become a signatory to the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion (CEO Action) pledge.

Open Your Eyes Scholarship Online Application Is Now Open

By Staff
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced that the online application for the Open Your Eyes Scholarship, intended to provide financial assistance and career guidance to high school seniors who show an interest in the eyecare and optical industry and are from underrepresented racial and ethnic communities, is now open.

The Vision Council Releases 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Report, Offering Insights from Various Vision Industry and Professional Sectors

By Staff
Friday, April 16, 2021 12:36 AM The Vision Council releases Diversity, Equity and Inclusion survey report, Black Eyecare Perspective’s Pre-Optometry Club celebrates, optical sales show little change, Jobson Tracker says, EssilorLuxottica’s acquisition of GrandVision gets approved, and EyeCare Partners announces significant growth all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

The Vision Council Releases 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Report, Offering Insights from Various Vision Industry and Professional Sectors

By Staff
Friday, April 16, 2021 12:33 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Report. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the custom survey The Vision Council 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.

OWA Celebrates International Women's Day and #ChoosetoChallenge Through Connection Event on March 10

By Staff
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—A growing roster of organizations, companies, professional groups and individuals, spanning cultures and time zones, marked International Women's Day yesterday with salutes, themes of solidarity and special programs.