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Jane Street Donates $10 Million to Student Freedom Initiative

A 2020 McKinsey & Company Report found that the number of people of color in financial services drops 75% from entry-level positions to C-suite leadership. This means the number of people of color employed at the entry-level among U.S. financial services firms is disproportionate to the number of people of color employed at the C-suite …

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A photograph of the multi-media art work in the Smithsonian Art Exhibition, "Men of Change," features the title and a bust of Robert F. Smith

The Smithsonian Institute’s Men of Change Exhibition Highlights Influential Black Men

A new traveling art exhibition, “Men of Change,” showcases the accomplishments of notable Black men who signify the powerful African American journey through contemporary art, photographs, stories, quotes and literary excerpts. The immersive experience weaves together the past and present to illuminate the impact of these men within the context of rich community traditions. Developed …

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HIV and AIDS awareness is still needed, especially in the Black community which has the highest number of HIV diagnoses per year

Lack of Equitable Access to HIV Prevention and Treatment in the Black Community

December 1 was World AIDS Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS epidemic caused by the spread of the HIV infection. World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988, when organizations and individuals across the world came together to speak out against the stigma around HIV. Recently, it has also become …

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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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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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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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