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.

NECO Names Its First Diversity and Inclusion Liaison, Joins Black Eyecare Perspective’s 13 Percent Promise

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Monday, August 10, 2020 12:15 AM BOSTON—The New England College of Optometry has announced that Dr. Angela Abraham, OD, has been appointed as the school’s first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Liaison. In this role, Dr. Abraham will work with NECO’s new Alliance for the Advancement of Diversity and Inclusion, which includes faculty, staff and students. The goal of the group is to “promote a culture where individuals from diverse backgrounds and life experience feel they belong, are able to contribute, and can thrive academically and professionally. A primary role of this Alliance is to connect D&I activities to a broader set of data-driven, results-oriented strategies, and to promote campus-wide communication on progress,” NECO said in a statement.

Second Discussion of Race in Optometry 'Seeking Solutions' Panel Set by SUNY Optometry for July 29

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Friday, July 24, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—A second part of the webinar series on Race in Optometry "Seeking Solutions: An Honest Conversation on Optometric Education" has been set to take place on July 29, from 7:00 p.m. ET to 9:00 p.m. ET, an event organized by the SUNY College of Optometry. The discussion will focus on diversity, inclusion, and mentorship, which help lead the way to career pathways. The July 29 panel participants include:
• Dr. John Flanagan - Dean and Professor, School of Optometry, University of California Berkeley
• Dr. Joy Harewood - Attending Optometrist, Bronxcare Health System|Adjunct Professor, SUNY College of Optometry

Black Eyecare Perspective Launches IMPACT HBCU Initiative

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Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:36 AM NEW YORK—Black Eyecare Perspective is launching a new initiative, IMPACT HBCU, to bring more awareness of the vision care field to Black students, educate them about the opportunities in optometry and cultivate more involvement from students in Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout the U.S. To support the program, several leading eyecare and optical retail companies have stepped up to be the initial three supporters of the program: America's BestMyEyeDr., and Warby Parker.