Companies Unite to Address Education’s Digital Divide With $25 Million Investment
Take on Race Coalition Fuels Equitable Access to Digital Resources for Students Most Impacted by COVID-19
● Dell Technologies, Intel,
One Million Connected Devices Now is the latest effort from the Take on
“The pandemic has exacerbated inequality for communities of color, particularly in education. Like many others, we know the time is now to step up and limit the long-term impacts of these short-term challenges,” said
To scale, distribute, and drive enduring impact in communities across America, the Coalition has formed strategic partnerships with local organizations experienced in connecting students, families and communities. Community partners include Harlem Children’s Zone, StriveTogether, and INROADS. Harlem Children’s Zone – a
“One Million Connected Devices Now will help Harlem Children’s Zone advance our mission to uplift our community and end intergenerational poverty in
Companies continue to partner with the
Data reveals that today’s youngest students are most vulnerable to falling behind. OneMillion Connected Devices Now reflects this urgent need and its importance in the near-term delivery of academic instruction.
BRIDGING THE GAP: STUDENTS OF COLOR, EDUCATION AND THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Students of color disproportionately lack access to an appropriate computing device and reliable wi-fi connectivity for digital learning.
- Over 73 million Americans (23 percent of population) live in neighborhoods where in-home broadband service subscription rates fall below 40 percent.1
The majority (13.6 million) of digitally-disconnected households across the
U.S.live in urban areas;2
- Those least likely to have broadband in America are communities of color and low-income communities.2
The need for urgent intervention is clear – and corporations are helping.
“While people of color continue to strive for equitable access and advancement, COVID-19 has complicated an urgent and growing digital divide – particularly among students of color,” said
“We need to move faster to address the digital inequity we see around us today, especially when it comes to education and remote learning,” said JJ Davis, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Dell Technologies. “Our ambition is to put communities at the center of digital inclusion – to listen and learn so we can adapt our approach to devices, connectivity and the skills and resources needed at the local level. The Take on
“Our mission at Intel is to create world-changing technology that enriches the lives of every person on earth. That’s why we have invested more than
“It is critical that we unite as an industry and nation to ensure that students continue to learn in this virtual environment.”
The Take on
Visit www.TakeOnRace.org to support, and:
Make a cash donation to the Take on Race –
Million Connected Devices Fund.
- Donate physical devices, computers and/or hotspots, for distribution.
- Donate wi-fi or broadband access for use by the one million students who will benefit from this initiative.
- Connect the Take on Race team to principal players at companies across the connected device industry.
- Amplify the One Million Connected Devices Now movement via social media, #OneMillionConnectedDevicesNow.
- Learn more about One Million Connected Devices Now and the Coalition’s goal to help achieve racial equity in America.
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1 Sign of Digital Distress, Mapping broadband availability and subscription in American neighborhoods,
2 Digital Prosperity: