T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – November 2, 2020

November 2, 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.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in Action

Last week, the T.D. Jakes Foundation was proud to welcome Dallas Mavericks CEO and former AT&T Senior Vice President—Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall to its Board of Directors. Read more here.

Today, in the United States, there are approximately 2.6 million Black-owned businesses—a number has risen by more than 30 percent in the past decade. Click here to visit the T.D. Jakes Foundation’s helpful resource guide to help those looking for ways to support Black-owned businesses.

Need additional resources around STEAM? The T.D. Jakes Foundation has compiled a list of STEAM resources for the arts, coding, and engineering and even resources specifically for kids and teachers. Check out our STEAM resources here.

Education Update

The Dallas Independent School District has debuted their “Voices” initiative which will serve as a one-stop web page to highlight and share stories that promote equity, understanding, hope and unity throughout their multicultural district. Learn more.

HumanWho, a globally recognized STEM program led by high school seniors Karthik Karuppiah and Ujjayi Pamidantam, continued its outreach efforts on STEM education during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking a virtual approach. With the help of high school volunteers, the students were able to teach a variety of subjects including, robotics, computational math, digital art and more. Read the story in The Dallas Morning News.

Howard University has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to fund research on cyber manipulation and disinformation on the internet and its impact within black communities. The grant is part of a series of investments by the Knight Foundation to support research on the rules, norms and governance of the internet and social media platforms. Learn more.

Digital Divide

As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the digital divide, cities across America continue their efforts to combat the issue. Washington, D.C., plans to provide free internet access to K-12 students in 25,000 low-income households for the 2020-2021 school year. Philadelphia will provide wi-fi to any family with a public school student lacking internet service into 2022. Chicago will provide free high-speed internet service to 100,000 public school students over the next four years. The Conversation takes a look at these initiatives and the importance of ensuring they remain part of a long-term strategy.

Artificial Intelligence 

By the year 2025, the workforce is estimated to be a combination of both humans and machines – the World Economic Forum (WEF) recently stated “a new generation of smart machines, fueled by rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, could potentially replace a large proportion of existing human jobs.” WEF also cites that automation will take about 85 million jobs by 2025. Read the full story in Forbes.

Election Day

As we approach Election Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released safety tips for voters to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus if voting in-person on November 3rd. Read more via  CNN

Together, we can and will get through this.


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