Apple announced several new projects as part of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) on Wednesday, including the funding of a 50,000-square foot learning center in Atlanta. The company first made the initiative public at its Worldwide Developer Conference back in June. In the wake of the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and massive protests in the U.S., Cook used the livestream to talk about Apple's plan for fighting racial injustice. The unfinished work of racial justice and equality call us all to account. Things must change, and Apple's committed to being a force for that change.
Apple on Wednesday announced the latest phase of its $100 million initiative to tackle systemic racism and promote racial equality. Apple is among the handful of technology giants that have pledged to hire more Black workers and people of color to address inequality. In its latest move, Apple said it's launching a global innovation and learning hub for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), a developer academy in Detroit to support coding and tech education for minority students; and venture capital funding for Black and Brown entrepreneurs. The Propel Center in Atlanta, pictured in a rendering above, will aim to bring coding and career opportunities to HBCU campuses and communities across the US. As part of the company's ongoing partnerships with HBCUs, Apple said it's also establishing two new grants to support HBCU engineering programs.
Apple will help launch a global innovation and learning hub for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as part of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, the company announced Wednesday. The Propel Center will offer support to students and faculty at HBCUs through virtual platforms, a physical campus at Atlanta University Center and on-campus activities. Apple will contribute $25 million toward the center, which will offer educational tracks such as AI and machine learning, app development and augmented reality. "We are all accountable to the urgent work of building a more just, more equitable world -- and these new projects send a clear signal of Apple's enduring commitment," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement. YouTube ban:Google blocks new uploads to Donald Trump's channel after Capitol riots Apple also plans to open the first U.S. developer academy in Detroit.
In May, Apple launched a free app development curriculum that includes around 180 hours of training as well as lesson plans, exercises and instruction guides. Today, the company has announced that over 30 community colleges across the US have incorporated the App Development with Swift curriculum into their course offerings for the upcoming school year. Colleges that will offer the course include institutions in Mississippi, Kansas and Alabama, among others. Austin Community College District, which has 11 campuses in eight counties and serves 74,000 students, is also one of the schools that has adopted the curriculum. "We're thrilled to have Apple join our mission to make Austin more affordable for people who already live in the city," Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement.
Starting next fall, all new students at Ohio State University will be receiving an iPad Pro, along with an Apple Pencil, a Smart Keyboard, a case, a suite of apps, and Apple Care . Ohio State told Mashable that the iPads will be completely free for students -- the cost will not be rolled into tuition or fees. Apple is offering the university a discounted rate for the iPads, but the parties are "still finalizing terms." The university valued the deal at over $10 million. The free swag is part of a "digital learning initiative" that OSU has implemented through a collaboration with Apple.