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Cisco, AVC Technologies Pledge Support For HBCUs and Student Freedom Initiative

A new partnership between Student Freedom Initiative, Cisco and AVC Technologies aims to advance technology and digital capacity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and support students working with Student Freedom Initiative. In May 2021, Cisco announced it would donate $150 million to help achieve the mission of Student Freedom Initiative. The self-sustaining non-profit …

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Mackenzie Scott and Robert F. Smith’s Philanthropy Goals in the Arts and Racial Justice

Philanthropist Mackenzie Scott made national headlines this June when she announced her most recent slate of high-impact, large-scale donations, amounting to more than $2.7 billion given to hundreds of groups. Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, donated to 286 organizations with a diverse array of causes, including racial justice, higher education and the …

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Diversity Commitments Lag Behind Promises of Equity

Social media was alive with pledges of unity and diversity in Summer 2020. Virtual spaces echoed the relatively young and multiethnic movement in support of Black Lives Matter following the brutal and public killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25. Companies and business leaders took notice. In June, promises of support for …

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Celebrating Family Fun Month

Family Fun Month 2021: Affordable and Engaging Activities

This August marks Family Fun Month, an annual celebration of engaging activities to do with your family. As we mark the final month of summer and many families prepare for their children to go back to school, there’s no better time to celebrate the joys of summer and the outdoors.  Some suggested activities to celebrate …

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Leaders discussing way corporations can hep advance racial equity

Discussing Ways Corporations Can Help Advance Racial Equity

This last year has been particularly hard for many Americans, but communities of color have been hit hardest. Recent analysis by the New York Times found that women and communities of color have been impacted the most by the health and economic crisis of the past year, with Black and Hispanic women still being unemployed …

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5 Donations Made to Universities and Students in May 2021

In 2019, entrepreneur, chemical engineer and philanthropist Robert F. Smith made history by making, not one, but two significant donations to a notable historically Black college or university (HBCU): Morehouse College. In January 2019, Smith donated over $1.5 million to create a scholarship program and establish an on-campus park to act as an outdoor study …

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National Parks

Marking the 105th Anniversary of Our National Parks

August 25, 2021 marks the 105th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service (NPS). In a 1916 act signed by President Woodrow Wilson, the federal government established the fundamental mission, philosophy and policies of a group within the U.S. Department of Interior responsible for overseeing the nation’s national parks and monuments.  However, NPS’ …

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Black Business Women Need Resource Equity

Black Business Women Need Equitable Access to Resources

Recent data shared by the Harvard Business Review (HBR) reveals that Black women start more businesses than white men or any other group. Nevertheless, institutional inequities are holding them back from achieving long-term success. The research data undeniably shows that Black women are a force in business. If entrepreneurs are thought to embody confidence in …

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Ending the Pause on Student Loan Payments

Ending the Pause on Student Loan Payments Brings Many Back to a Harsh Reality

The temporary pause on requirements for federal student loan payments that started due to the health and economic crisis is scheduled to end on September 30, 2021. Student loan debt can be crushing, and this pause has been a huge relief for many Americans. In 2020, for the first time in the United States’ history, …

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