Headlines Black Eyecare Perspective: The 13% Promise Black Eyecare Perspective (BEP) is sounding the alarm regarding inequality in the eyecare arena. Published 7 months ago on June 19, 2020 By INVISION Staff Share Tweet Black Eyecare Perspective (BEP) is here to raise the alarm regarding the inequality found within the Eyecare arena. First steps involve, identifying the issues, presenting sound and equitable solutions, and finding ways to realize the needed outcomes. Data from the US. Census shows that 13.4% of the U.S. population identifies as African American. This is a far cry from the representation currently present in the vision care world. We are asking for equity in black representation in Eye Care Companies, Colleges of Optometry and Optometry Boards. Black Eye Perspectives (BEP) will work with everyone to create a specified plan to help get everyone’s numbers up to 13%. We are asking for 13% equity. For those willing to commit to the pledge, BEP will provide diversity resources and accountability to help achieve reach targeted goals. Where We Are Now 3.2% of students in Optometry School are African Americans 1.8% of practicing Optometrist are African Americans 3.8% of faculty in Colleges of Optometry are African Americans So, what is our ask. Well it’s simple increases diversity in all organization to at least 13% by taking on the 13% challenge. By 2025 we want all organizations to be up to the 13% mark and BEP is here to help. Our Goal 13% of students in optometry identify as African American 13% of Company Speaker Bureau’s identify as African American 13% of Marketing Budget spent on African Americans 13% of Executive level positions filled by African Americans 13% of Frame lines designed for and by African Americans 13% of the faculty at colleges identify as African American 13% of donations going toward African American lead organizations Make the Promise Today For those that commit to the pledge we will help provide resources and accountability to reach our target goal. 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