Take on Race’s “One Million Connected Devices Now” Campaign Provides Equitable Access to Students Impacted by COVID-19
Video Above: Forest T. Harper Jr., INROADS president and CEO, speaks at Take on Race Diversity Conference, September 2019.
ATLANTA (FEBRUARY 18, 2021) — INROADS, Inc., a global solutions provider for addressing community disparities and talent pipeline issues, joins Take on Race Coalition – a group P&G developed in partnership with CEO Action for diversity and inclusion – in an effort to connect students to digital learning resources, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The nationwide coalition recently announced a $25 million investment to provide one million connected devices to students impacted by COVID-19. INROADS will play an essential role with the One Million Connected Devices Now initiative by providing the coalition with research and needs assessments to ensure equitable access to the devices for the families with the most need. INROADS will also be an adviser for the program’s scalability.
“There is something special about being able to provide families with direct access to resources that meet their most immediate needs. One of the major lessons COVID-19 has taught all of us — including working professionals, out-of-work citizens, teachers and students — is that having access to connected devices is pivotal to success,” said Forest T. Harper, Jr., president and CEO, INROADS, Inc.
The One Million Connected Devices Now initiative and the Take on Race Coalition partners include Dell, Intel, Dow Jones, Fidelity, Microsoft Corp., PNC Bank, PolicyLink, Wal-Mart, Comcast and others, and is also comprised of community organizations experienced in connecting students, families and communities.
“With more than 13.6 million digitally disconnected homes in America we are facing an emerging knowledge epidemic — one that will see underserved youth fall behind academically and be ill-prepared for opportunities to change their economic realities. INROADS embraces the challenge of playing a role in continuing to connect our families with opportunities to advance,” says Harper.
INROADS has a 50-year track record for promoting social justice by providing access to corporate career opportunities for diverse talent. Most recently, INROADS has been featured by Citi as holding the keys for slowing down the widening of America’s Racial Wealth Gap (read more).
To learn more about One Million Connected Devices Now, visit TakeOnRace.org.
INROADS was founded more than 50 years ago. Inspired by the famed I Have a Dream speech, Frank Carr founded INROADS to remove career barriers to corporate opportunities for people of color. It is the largest nonprofit organization committed to leadership and career development for underrepresented talent in the world. INROADS has prepared more than 154,000 diverse leaders with pre-employment skills and graduated more than 30,000 alumni into full-time professional positions with more than 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves 800-1,300 interns and 200 corporate clients. Learn more at INROADS.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn: @INROADSInc.
Angela M. Riley
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