July 27, 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
With COVID-19 having a disproportionate effect on Black and brown communities, and with the rise of social unrest across the country, Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), which advances business opportunities for nearly 12,000 certified Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American-owned business enterprises, is placing her organization at the center of these twin crises. Read our latest blog post to learn more about NMSDC and how Adrienne is calling on its 1,450 corporate members to enact meaningful change.
“As leaders,” T.D. Jakes Foundation President & CEO Hattie Hill writes, “we have a special responsibility to influence and promote positive cultural change.” Click here to read Hattie’s op-ed on how business leaders can help to advance racial justice from the Dallas Morning News last week.
In an interview with Bloomberg Radio, Chairman Jakes spoke about dual crises facing the nation: COVID-19 and the racial unrest sweeping across the nation and the world. He advocated for a total reform of our system and encouraged businesses to be intentional, recruiting and recognizing diverse leaders at the highest levels.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he will allocate an additional $118 million in federal funding to support higher education in Texas, including $93 million to help students continue or restart their progress toward earning a post-secondary credential or degree. Combined with earlier funding of $57 million, Texas has allocated a total of $175 million to post-secondary students and institutions out of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, made available through the CARES Act. Learn more.
Are you a Texas student considering attending college online, but don’t know how to choose? Now, there’s a website that can help. TexasOnlineColleges.com has information on 67 colleges and universities offering more than 1,500 online degrees, including costs, top-ranked programs, details on the percentage of students fully online, student-faculty ratio and graduation rates. Find out more about the site.
Supporting Black-owned businesses
The second annual Black Girl Magic Summit, now taking place virtually on Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16, and hosted by Capital One, will connect a nationwide community of female professionals and entrepreneurs with programming on topics such as raising capital, investing, small business money management, work, mental health generational health and more. Learn more.
As back-to-school season approaches, many of the largest school systems by enrollment are foregoing in-person learning as COVID-19 cases continue to increase. So far, nine of the top 15 districts by enrollment plan to start the fall semester online, with two more planning a hybrid of in-person and online classes, according to Education Week. Read the story in USA Today.
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is partnering with CoSpero Consulting to launch a new initiative that provides programs and services to students and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Called “Together for Tomorrow,” the collaborative organization of ten cohort participants will meet weekly in guided creative problem-solving workshops to address how to best meet educational needs amid social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders. In addition to providing solutions that nonprofits can immediately implement, the 10 organizations will vie for the chance to win $5,000 to support the implementation of their solution.
Together, we can and will get through this.
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