David Robinson Jr. joined students, educators and parents for CAST LIVE and led a discussion on the digital divide in San Antonio. As learning moved virtually to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many students lacked the necessary broadband services to access online learning tools and lessons. Students from low income households or rural areas were the most impacted.
“I think the digital divide has been one of those topics that has been on people’s radar, but with COVID-19, it’s just been brought to the forefront in an entirely different way. In the case that we can’t go back to school, what does that mean? What does that look like if the entire fall semester is online? What does that mean for families? Are all families going to be able to get access to computers and the internet?” – David Robinson, Jr.
About David Robinson, Jr.
David is a founding member of Blueprint Local, an investment firm focused on real estate and businesses to promote long-term, inclusive economic growth. Prior to Blueprint Local, David led Admiral Capital Group’s efforts to make a strong social impact in the cities where the firm invests. Admiral Capital Group takes 10% of profits and utilizes investments to create opportunities to support communities. For example, Admiral Capital Group purchased a Hilton Hotel in Houston, TX and created the Admiral Hospital scholars program in partnership with Hilton, University of Houston and local school districts. David’s focus was to expand Admiral’s platform to making direct impact investments as well as scaling the philanthropic work. Before Admiral Capital Group, David spent three years working for sports and education technology startups in Austin and New York. David was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
CAST LIVE was moderated by Nia Burroughs, Senior at the Advanced Learning Academy and Marketing and Communications Intern for the CAST Schools Network.
About CAST LIVE
CAST is constantly striving to reinvent schooling in order to maximize learning opportunities for their young learners. In this time when schools are physically closed for the remainder of the school year, the CAST promise of providing each student with authentic learning experiences continues. Through CAST LIVE we are providing connectedness in a time of social distancing, enriching the community in a time of ambiguity. CAST LIVE is a platform to share stories of hope and resilience. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at CAST are confident that our students will be fully prepared to lead the way.