Apple's new Racial Equity and Justice Initiative projects will combat racism

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 14, 2021

Apple's $25 million contribution will enable the Propel Center to support HBCU students and faculty through a robust virtual platform, a physical campus in the historic Atlanta University Center, as well as on-campus activations at partner institutions.

Cook said the projects aim "to empower communities that have borne the brunt of racism and discrimination for far too long".

And a new Apple Developer Academy will open later this year in Detroit, a city with a large black community and more than 50,000 black-owned businesses. Apple says the program will be launched in collaboration with Michigan State University and available to anyone in Detroit, regardless of their experience.

The Apple Developer Academy will offer two programs in Detroit.

Apple employees will be involved with the Propel Center in mentorship roles, and educational focus will cover numerous areas that Apple is known for: app development, AI and machine learning, AR and design. A 30-day introductory program is designed for learners who are considering app economy careers and looking to better understand what it means to be a developer.

The Propel Center will be al earning hub for Historically Black Colleges and Universities
The Propel Center will be al earning hub for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The second is a full academy program, which will be from 10 to 12 months and will help build skills around developing and creating your own business. Apple expects the academy's programming to reach close to 1,000 students each year with a curriculum that covers coding, design, marketing, and professional skills.

Apple said it would invest $10 million in a fund with Harlem Capital, a New York-based early-stage venture firm, with the goal of helping fund 1,000 companies over 20 years.

In addition, Apple will invest $10 million with Harlem Capital, an early stage venture capital fund in NY. In addition to providing capital to entrepreneurs of color, Harlem Capital will also lend its expertise to Apple's broader efforts to advance access to economic opportunity. "The Propel Center will help cultivate leadership and drive innovation in tech and beyond, acting as a springboard for change in communities across America".

Apple is also setting up two new grants for HBCU engineering programmes, and scholarships for 100 students from underrepresented communities. It will also invest $25 million in Siebert Williams Shank's Clear Vision Impact Fund, which "looks to support businesses that operate in or serve underserved markets, and that foster inclusive growth initiatives". Apple says it will build on the work to advance racial equity in education, the economy, and the criminal justice system. This is the latest demonstration of how serious Apple is about supporting these efforts. Finally, Apple will be making an undisclosed contribution to The King Center, a living memorial to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE