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Filling the Gaps in Equity in Higher Education and the Workplace


This year the University of Phoenix (UOPX) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) announced a partnership to drive the equitable economic advancement of Black leaders and workers. With funding from UOPX, JFF will conduct in-depth research analyzing existing strategies for developing social capital currently implemented by higher education institutions and employers. This work will inform the creation of an evidence-based, actionable framework and raise awareness about how professional social capital contributes to economic advancement of minority groups.

Tune in as Dr. Jamal Watson sits down with Michael Collins, vice president of JFF, and Dr. Kimberly Underwood, associate faculty member and research chair at UOPX.


  • What is social capital? And why is it so critical?
  • The missing piece in the college mobility narrative
  • Why we need to look at social capital as a collective process
  • How the partnership between JFF and UOPX evolved
  • Filling the gaps in equity in higher education and the workplace


β€œIn the case of the JFF and University of Phoenix partnership, [what] we care most about is what we call professional social capital. It's this kind of social capital that provides access and opportunity in the labor market. The kind of relationships that are conducive to information about opportunities, and also even action.”


Jobs for the Future Awarded $5 Million to Assist Young Adults Access Apprenticeships:                                                                                                                

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