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Comcast RISE Program

New Comcast RISE Program Makes Investment in Businesses Owned by People of Color

Comcast announced that it will award 13,000 businesses owned by people of color (including Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans) in a variety of categories including monetary grants, technology makeovers and marketing services from Comcast RISE. To date, the company has already disbursed $5 million in grants to businesses in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston and Philadelphia, …

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Addressing the Digital Divide

America’s Digital Divide Could Widen Disparities This Summer, but the EDISON Alliance Is Working To Help

With school, work and home life moved online, it’s more important than ever for families to have access to quality, reliable broadband internet services. As the summer approaches, the digital divide that currently exists will become magnified as many kids leave the classroom and subsequently lose access to digital devices and broadband they may enjoy …

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Black Students’ Enrollment in Medical School

The Importance of Increasing Black Students’ Medical School Enrollment

Despite increased calls for racial diversity across business, academia, law and politics, diversity in the medical field lags behind. The proportion of the medical workforce of color — and particularly African American men’s enrollment in medical school — has not improved in the past 20 years. In fact, there has been a slight decrease.  Although …

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Women in leadership

Increasing Women in Executive Leadership Positions in 2021

Women are a force to be reckoned with in the workplace. They are strong, determined and just as hardworking as their male counterparts. Research has also shown that Fortune 500 companies with a high representation of women on their boards regularly outperform those that do not. This all translates to more profitable companies. It’s reported …

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Student-Freedom-Initiative

Student Freedom Initiative Launches at Tuskegee University and Eight Other HBCUs

Student Freedom Initiative will make its first official debut in fall 2021, launching at Tuskegee University and eight other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for the 2021-2022 academic year. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring freedom in professional and life choices for students attending Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Student Freedom Initiative will enhance …

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Directing Capital for Racial and Economic Justice

How to Direct Capital for Racial and Economic Justice

At a Racial & Economic Justice Virtual Town Hall in April, organized and hosted by Roland Martin, Robert F. Smith discussed how to direct capital for the purpose of ending systemic inequities in the Black community. The talk, which covered a range of topics from corporate responsibility to economic activism, was part of the “Roland …

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Access to Outdoor Education

3 Ways Robert F. Smith is Helping Bridge Gaps in Outdoor Access

With the summer right around the corner, people are turning their attention outdoors and looking for fun activities. Experiencing the outdoors is so important, particularly for kids, who through experience can learn to become more responsible stewards of nature. Unfortunately, many barriers to equal access to high-quality outdoor experiences still exist. In an examination of …

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