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Apple expands Racial Equity and Justice Initiative with new programs


Earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised a “major” announcement today, and now it has hit the wires: Apple has announced new programs in its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, or REJI.

Here are the specific programs being launched or expanded, according to Apple’s press release this morning:

These forward-looking and comprehensive efforts include the Propel Center, a first-of-its-kind global innovation and learning hub for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); an Apple Developer Academy to support coding and tech education for students in Detroit; and venture capital funding for Black and Brown entrepreneurs.

Apple launched its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative last June. CEO Tim Cook appointed Apple’s VP of Environmental Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson, to head up the program.

According to a statement by Cook at the time, the program was established to “challenge the systemic barriers to opportunity and dignity that exist ...


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