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Carnegie Hall in New York City recently reopened its doors to live in-person performances

Live Music is Back: Carnegie Hall Reopens for the 2021-2022 Season

In October, the world-renowned Carnegie Hall re-opened its doors in New York City, after closing to live music for more than 570 days due to the health and economic crisis. The famed venue’s 2021-2022 season will consist of more than 100 performances presented on Carnegie Hall’s three stages, plus a wide range of music education …

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New diversity in STEM-focused magazine Re.Engineer launched in 2021

New Magazine Re.engineer Inspires Students of Color to Pursue STEM Careers

A new online magazine, Re.engineer, launched this year with a mission to inspire Black and other students of color to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and provide resources to those who have already started their journey. The digital publication describes itself as an inclusive community of STEM professionals that collaborates, shares …

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The new artificial intelligence hiring system C.L.Ai.R.A. has a diverse female spokes-image that is a woman of color

Meet C.L.Ai.R.A. — The First Afro-Latina, Bilingual AI That Is Changing The World

Since its inception, artificial intelligence (AI) has had racial and gender bias problems. For example, a TIME magazine article noted the large discrepancy in the success of facial recognition software when analyzing lighter skin tones versus darker skin tones. As the piece’s author and computer scientist Joy Buolamwini points out: “issues of bias in AI …

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A Black girl plays basketball with a diverse group of other girls

Fund II Foundation Hosts Conversation on Issues Impacting Black Girls in America

On September 21st, Fund II Foundation kicked off its Black Girl E.D.U. series. The Black Girl E.D.U series is designed to “Educate, Develop and Unite a national audience of key stakeholders (educators, administrators, policymakers, funders etc.) with necessary tools regarding these issues impacting the growth of Black Girls in America.” The Fund II Foundation launched …

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National Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin stands beside a statue of Frederick Douglass

100 Year Old Betty Reid Soskin is America’s Oldest Park Ranger

Since its founding in 1916, the National Parks Service has helped conserve the natural and cultural resources of the United States by preserving local history, celebrating local heritage and creating educational outdoor opportunities for tourists across the country. Their official charitable organization, The National Park Foundation, enriches national parks and programs even further through philanthropic …

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Two girls work on a science experiment in a school laboratory classroom

STEM/STEAM Day: What It Is and Why It’s Important

November 8th marks National STEM/STEAM Day, a day encouraging students to explore their interests in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. In the early 2000s, studies found that students from the United States were underperforming in science, technology, engineering and math when compared to students from other countries. In particular, a 2005 report from the …

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A Black woman has a professional conversation in an office

Four Steps Recruiters Should Take When Hiring Diverse Talent

With the increased focus on gender and racial equity over the last year, many corporations have made renewed commitments to building diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Research shows that more diverse workplaces perform better in several key areas: diverse teams produce 19% more revenue, diverse teams make better business decisions and diverse …

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Calvin Mackie, a STEM professor and creator of the STEM Global Action project

Robert F. Smith Introduces Calvin Mackie’s STEM Global Action Project

This is Robert F. Smith. I’d like to introduce you to Calvin Mackie’s STEM Global Action project. The work is close to my heart as a former chemical engineer and advocate for STEM education and career opportunities. Former Tulane professor Calvin Mackie started STEM Nola in Louisiana in 2014 because he wanted to share what …

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Eagle Academies in New York offer unique educational opportunities for young men of color

Eagle Academies for Young Men Receive Stock Donation from Robert F. Smith

On October 25, 2021, the Eagle Academy Foundation announced a unique donation by Robert F. Smith of nearly 15,000 shares of stock from Vista Equity Partners’ portfolio companies to each of the nearly 2,900 students, teachers and staff members of the six schools that make up the Eagle Academies for Young Men. This stock donation …

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A female teacher helps a young Black male student at his desk in a classroom

To Reach Equity We Must Achieve Parity in School Funding

Education is one of the most important resources we have to help unlock the full potential of every child and give them the tools they need to pursue their passions. Unfortunately, access to high-quality education can be heavily influenced by zip codes and income levels.  Racism and the history of redlining in the United States …

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