T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – October 12, 2020

October 12, 2020

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled timely news and resources related to small business, education and connectivity. We hope this provides both information and comfort as we continue to weather these challenges.

Diversity and Inclusion

A recent survey found that 76% of job seekers and employees believe a diverse workplace is an important factor, with 32% of respondents saying they would not apply for a job if the company lacked diversity. In response to this growing trend, some job posting sites such as Glassdoor have updated their platforms to allow workers to rate their satisfaction with their current or former employer’s diversity and inclusion policies. Read the story in CNBC.

A recent op-ed in Fortune calls on employers to view diversity and inclusion as an imperative rather than optional. Julia Taylor Kennedy and Pooja Jain-Liny write that, “…leaders can’t keep treating their companies’ diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts as extracurricular activities. Rather, D&I has to be core to the way companies do business and develop talent.” Read their entire commentary here.

The lack of diversity and inclusion in the corporate workplace is well-documented, but a new survey from the Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality found that less than half of industry employees believe diversity and inclusion are priorities in Hollywood. Read more about this groundbreaking study here.

The Next Generation

Over the next five years, the Million Girls Moonshot initiative aims to inspire an additional one million young women to pursue STEM-focused learning and close the gender gap. Learn more on the initiative in Education Dive.

Despite the global pandemic, social unrest and a recession, a new study from the Walton Family Foundation found that Millennials and Generation Z are optimistic about their future, with two-thirds believing the American Dream is achievable. Read more about the research here.

Digital Divide

Globally, more than 3.6 billion people live without affordable access to the internet. In the U.S., nearly one in five teens can’t finishing their homework due to lack of internet access. Upworthy takes a look at how we can close the global digital divide

Health Care

According to a recent study by Georgetown University, the number of uninsured children in Texas under the age of 19 has increased by a rate of 32.3% to nearly 1 million children over the past three years. To help address this disturbing trend, community officials, business leaders, health care industry executives and activists are advocating for the expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults of working age. Read the full story via Dallas News.

As the number of unemployed Americans continues to rise due to COVID-19, more than 12 million people have already been left without job-sponsored health insurance. For those looking for help, CNBC has compiled resources and a list of steps to help unemployed workers find new coverage.


This past May, Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD, and Univision DFW collaboratively launched the television show “Unidos para Aprender,” a Hispanic educational program hosted by Dallas natives and brothers Freddy and Kevin Perez, who learned themselves to speak English through the Dallas ISD’s bilingual programs. Learn more on the story via  Dallas ISD in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Together, we can and will get through this.


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