Black Eyecare Perspective Spotlights Black-Owned Independent Eyewear Brands

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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.

SUNY College of Optometry to Host Panel June 22 - Race and Optometry: Where Are We Now?

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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.

See & Be Seen Frame Benefit for Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Kicks Off on June 18

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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.

National Vision Launches Pride Collection to Celebrate Self-Expression and Inclusion, With $25,000 Donation to Matthew Shepard Foundation

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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.

Black EyeCare Perspective to Host Second Annual Signing Day Event on April 26 as Part of Their Pipeline for Black Students Into Optometry

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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 (BEPPOC) members.

ASCO Partners With Johnson & Johnson Vision to Bring More Diversity to Optometry

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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.

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University to Establish Extension Site Program at SUNY College of Optometry's 42nd Street Location

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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.

Black EyeCare Perspective Launches Doctor Locator to Connect Communities With Black Eyecare Professionals

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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.

Personal and Professional Video Stories from Members of Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board Honor the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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 and MyEyeDr., 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.

ASCO Adds Two New Doctors of Optometry to its 'Optometry Gives Me Life' Campaign

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Friday, January 21, 2022 12:30 AM ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is updating it national awareness campaign, Optometry Gives Me Life (OGML), by adding two new doctors of optometry to the program, refreshing its related FutureEyeDoc.org website and extensive social media and video resources, and sharing the successful metrics of the initiative, which launched in March 2019. The goal of the OGML campaign is to increase the number of highly qualified applicants to optometry schools and colleges from a wider variety of demographic backgrounds, specifically Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino students, so that doctors of optometry are better prepared to serve all communities. illustrating more about what optometrists can do and who they can be.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Optical Industry: Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board Creates Inspirational New Video

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Monday, January 17, 2022 9:30 AM NEW YORK—In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, four members of Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board  are sharing actionable ways eyecare professionals can foster diversity, equity and inclusion in their lives and careers in a new video, being shared for the first time today, on the national holiday honoring the leader. Viewers can understand the impact of the most visible spokesman and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement from conversations with Dr. Darryl Glover, Defocus Media and MyEyeDr., 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.

Transitions Optical Announces 2021-2022 Transitions Diversity Advisory Board

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Thursday, December 2, 2021 12:27 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical has announced the members of its Diversity Advisory Board for 2021-2022.

VSP Global Partners With Black EyeCare Perspective, Signs Its 13% Promise Pledge

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Monday, November 22, 2021 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—With a commitment to further increase awareness about the optometric profession to minority communities, VSP Global has announced a multi-year partnership with Black EyeCare Perspective, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to redefining the color of the eyecare industry 1% at a time. As a part of the partnership, VSP Global has signed the 13% Promise, an initiative to increase equity and representation of Black students in the eyecare industry to better mirror the 13% of Black people in the current U.S. population.

The Vision Council Launches Advancing Diversity & Inclusion: A Cornell Certificate for Optical Professionals

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Monday, November 15, 2021 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced the launch of Advancing Diversity & Inclusion: A Cornell Certificate for Optical Professionals, an online four-course and capstone certificate program customized specifically for members of the vision community by Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR).