T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – August 23, 2021

August 23, 2021

We want to serve as a resource.  To keep you abreast of critical issues dominating the national discourse—including diversity, equity and inclusion; the digital divide; STEAM education; entrepreneurship and small business—we’re compiling timely news and information in one place because the first step to fixing a problem is understanding it.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in Action

With the launch of the PATHWAY program, we’re talking to some of the exceptional candidates in our Skills Database. For our third profile, we spoke to Badiana Osabutey, who is looking to merge her skills and experience in nursing with her educational background. She aspires to work in a C-suite role like chief quality officer in a hospital or health-care setting. Read about Badiana here.

Joseph is one of the early success stories from the PATHWAY program. We’re so proud to have helped put Joseph on his pathway to success as a UX designer. Watch his story here.

Last week Hattie Hill, President & CEO of the T.D. Jakes Foundation, joined Travis Gill, Assistant Vice President – Institutional Equity & Access at UT Southwestern Medical Center, on Good Morning Texas to talk about the launch of the PATHWAY Program and what job seekers need to know as they work through the recruiting and hiring process. Watch their interview here.

The T.D. Jakes Foundation has officially launched the PATHWAY program and its Virtual Hiring Platform, a 365 days-a-year program connecting job candidates to corporations actively recruiting diverse talent. We encourage people at all stages in their careers, from entry-level candidates and recent college graduates to experienced job seekers and advanced-degree holders to become part of the program! Visit our website to learn more and submit your information and connect with companies looking for diverse talent!

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

D CEO will host its third annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium to answer questions following the George Floyd protests such as, Have hiring practices changed? Do all the new chief equity officers have the power to shift culture? What more needs to be done? Read more about the event here.

The lessons already learned from the pandemic tell us that DE&I may now recede as a strategic priority in most organizations. And one can’t blame a company’s leaders for that. It may be largely unintentional. Most companies will have to focus on more pertinent needs like adapting to new ways of working, consolidating the workforce capacity and maintaining productivity. However, companies relegating DE&I to the back burner may be at risk of placing themselves at a disadvantage. Read more in Forbes.

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices in company culture have a direct impact on trust capital, a crucial factor in enhancing engagement and performance, especially in a hybrid and diverse workplace. A key aspect of organizational culture is inculcating a mindset that fosters D&I. Mint Lounge has some best practices to build and retain D&I in the remote workplace.

STEAMing Ahead

A graduate researcher at The University of Texas at Arlington will become the university’s first African-American student to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry. Lindsay Davis, who graduated Aug. 19, said in a university press release that she wants to set an example for other underrepresented groups in science. Davis said the lack of representation of people of color in STEM has often negatively influenced her self-esteem. Read more in the Dallas Morning News.

The Boston Globe called theDallas Black Dance Theatre’s recent debut at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival “spectacular.” For Dallas Black Dance, performing at Jacob’s Pillow wasn’t just a chance to pirouette in the national spotlight. It can have practical rewards. Theater promoters and booking agents attend the 10-week summer festival. It can lead to tour bookings. Read more here.

 A 60-year-old Oklahoma mother who helped several members of an internationally recognized all-girl robotics team from Afghanistan escape the country said they are feeling “so grateful” to be out. Last week, 10 of the so-called “Afghan Dreamers,” aged 16 to 18, were able to leave Kabul on a commercial flight to Doha, Qatar, after several failed attempts to flee the country. Business Insider has more.

Education Update

Roughly 12,000 students that Dallas ISD officials expected to be in class last week did not show up, district leaders estimates. Administrators, desperate to help kids recover from COVID-19 disruptions, are working to track down missing students. They know they’re up against families’ fear of what it means to return to school amid a surge of coronavirus cases driven by the highly contagious delta variant. Dallas Morning News has more.

The Biden administration announced last week that it will be automatically wiping out the federal student loan debt for 323,000 borrowers through the Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) discharge program. The TPD Discharge program allows student loan borrowers who are unable to maintain substantial, gainful employment due to a physical or psychological medical impairment to get their federal student loans cancelled. However, to get student loans forgiven under the program, disabled student loan borrowers must submit a formal application. Read more here.


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