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Bridging the Digital Divide: Equinix and Fisk University Join Forces for Inclusive Tech Education

Karan Shah

Aug 16, 2023

Advancing digital inclusion and equitable access for students at Fisk University with the help of Equinix and Equinix Foundation.

In a world where being connected is more vital than ever, the digital divide has underscored inequalities, especially for Black university students. Equinix, along with the Equinix Foundation, is stepping up to ensure that students at Nashville's Fisk University have the tools and opportunities they deserve.

A Global Issue Hits Home

The pandemic brought into sharp focus the disparities in internet access, highlighting the urgent need for digital inclusion. With everything from education to healthcare shifting online, the digital divide has deepened. Shockingly, 2.7 billion people, a third of the world's population, remain offline.

In the United States, the digital divide disproportionately affects Black communities, with many lacking high-speed internet access and essential digital skills. This lack of access also impacts historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) like Fisk University.

Equinix Steps In

Fisk University, a respected HBCU, has been grappling with the digital divide, hindering both students' education and their career prospects. Slow and unreliable internet connections have disrupted learning, leaving students unable to access online resources, complete exams, or attend virtual interviews.

Equinix recognised the urgent need for change. The partnership began with internships in 2020, and its success led to expanded opportunities. Equinix offered real-time courses to Fisk students, but a visit to the campus revealed a startling truth. Despite being just two miles from Nashville's vibrant downtown, the lack of bandwidth meant even a video call couldn't be completed smoothly.

Closing the Gap

Equinix and Fisk University are determined to rewrite this narrative. By addressing funding gaps and providing tech education, they are working to create a level playing field. Equinix is leveraging its expertise to bridge the digital divide, ensuring that Fisk's students have the tools they need to become the digital leaders of tomorrow.

In a world where digital access is no longer a luxury but a necessity, Equinix's partnership with Fisk University is a beacon of hope, shining a light on the path to a more inclusive and equitable future.

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