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Cross Sector Partnerships Bridging the Digital Divide: Detroit Spotlight

Cross Sector Partnerships Bridging the Digital Divide: Detroit Spotlight

Amongst its far-reaching effects, the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 illuminated another as-yet-unsolved plague on American society: the yawning economic and educational chasm perpetuated by the “digital divides” across access to high speed internet, connected devices, and digital literacy. Put differently: many of our greatest problems, while newly exacerbated by COVID-19, can be traced to the same root cause–digital inequity.

Get to Know Our Racial Equity Partners Championing Justice and Opportunities for All

Get to Know Our Racial Equity Partners Championing Justice and Opportunities for All

It’s no secret that in the United States, there are disparities in our society that cut across racial lines. Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) disproportionately experience injustice within the criminal legal system, and face barriers in education, employment, healthcare, even access to internet connectivity — all of which reduce the quality of life for millions and prevent our country from fulfilling its promise of equity.

Social Safety Net Programs Help College Students Meet Basic Needs

Social Safety Net Programs Help College Students Meet Basic Needs

Even before the onset of the global pandemic, college life was a struggle for many students looking to make ends meet while getting their education. To those unfamiliar with the profile of today’s college students, it might come as a surprise to learn that a 2019 Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice survey found that 45% of students at two and four-year U.S. universities were food insecure, even though 61% held jobs. Additionally, 56% of students reported facing housing insecurity, and 17% of respondents were homeless. The pandemic and ensuing economic disruption have made financial situations even more precarious for college students, particularly those from minority, low-income, and first-generation backgrounds.