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National Parks

Upcoming Anniversaries of Some of the Country’s Most Celebrated National Parks

While we might naturally think of our national parks as an ever-present part of our country’s history, in reality, they’re a fairly new concept. On March 1, 1872, Congress established the very first national park: Yellowstone National Park. The designation of Yellowstone prompted a land conservation movement, leading to the creation of many more national …

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National Minority Health Month

Recognizing Disparities During National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month, and it’s an important time to recognize the impact of different diseases on communities of color. Because of systemic problems in our health system, people of color, particularly African Americans, are disproportionately impacted by negative health outcomes.  Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer impacts more than three million men in the …

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MLK

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Preserving Stories of Black History

As we approach April 4, we honor the legacy of legendary civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On this day 53 years ago, Dr. King was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.  Dr. King was one of the nation’s fiercest …

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National Poetry Month

Literary Events and Resources to Enjoy During National Poetry Month 2021

Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in United States’ history, made headlines in January 2021 when she read her now-famous poem “The Hill We Climb.” Through her powerful words, she stirred feelings across the nation and brought hope to those who had been without for some time. That’s the power poetry can have and why …

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Conscious Inclusive Steps to Board Diversity | Robert F. Smith

How “Conscious Inclusion” Leads to Board Diversity

Robert F. Smith, who was recognized by Forbes for his contributions to diversity and inclusion in the workplace this past year, offered the idea of “conscious inclusion” to CEOs looking to put into practice promises regarding diversity made over the last year.  When speaking of cultural movements with the BlackNorth Initiative’s Wes Hall at a …

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Empowering Students

MacKenzie Scott and Robert F. Smith are Cutting the Strings on Higher Education Philanthropy

A recent Forbes article described education philanthropy as coming with “more strings than Pinocchio.” Boosters often restrict their gifts to specific groups, funds, programs and buildings, reinforcing a more self-centered form of giving. But philanthropists like MacKenzie Scott and Robert F. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, are turning the page …

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Freedom Ride Film

Freedom Riders to be Honored in a New Film Executive Produced by Robert F. Smith

In 1961, a multiracial group of civil rights activists organized to fight back against racial segregation and hate across the South — this group of brave members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) became known as the “Freedom Riders.” Over seven months, the Freedom Riders traveled on interstate bus routes throughout the South to …

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Aspen Ideas Festival

Robert F. Smith Presents on the 2% Solution at Aspen Ideas: RE$ET

On February 22, 2021, Aspen Ideas, presented by The Aspen Institute, kickstarted its year of conferences with Aspen Ideas: RE$ET, a virtual two-day event created in conjunction with Bloomberg Economics. While the full Aspen Ideas Festival is scheduled for late June, Aspen Ideas: RE$ET tackled the views of policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs and global citizens …

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Carbon Neutral

Columbia University and Alumnus Robert F. Smith’s Shared Commitment to Carbon Neutrality

Early this year, Columbia University announced a major step in their plan to reach carbon neutrality: the formalization of a non-investment policy in publicly traded oil and gas companies. Together with the University’s 2017 decision to divest from thermal coal, the new investment approach aligns with its considerable academic and research commitment to the environment, …

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