Apply for the Digital Inclusion Fellowship for Raleigh Durham!

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015

Now accepting applications for the first-ever Digital Inclusion Fellowship

When people have access to the web, opportunities are just a click away—from learning how to sign up for health care, to finding affordable housing, to keeping in touch with family and friends. But today, more than 60 million Americans still aren’t using the Internet at home. While there are organizations across the U.S. that want to help bring these people online, many of them don’t have the in-house expertise or resources to launch new programs.

That’s why, in partnership with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), we’re launching the Digital Inclusion Fellowship. The fellowship will pair 16 people with local community organizations in our eight Google Fiber metro areas—Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City, Nashville, Provo, Raleigh-Durham and Salt Lake City—where they’ll spend a year building a digital inclusion program from the ground up.

via Google Fiber Blog.

The Raleigh Digital Connectors ROCK!!!

If ever you wondered what I did in addition to research the video below will tell you! I have been gifted the opportunity to work with groups of BRILLIANT young people for the past three years and the experience has been invaluable. The privilege of assisting in molding the minds of our future leaders in STEM is one that I truly cherish 🙂

Figuring Out My Professional Trajectory

Since my first few posts back in the Fall of 2013 there has been an evolution in my professional interests which I now dub Community Digital Inclusion Advocacy! I fell into this awesome work as a result of my responsibilities in my current position. Luckily I have also been fortunate enough to marry my professional interests with my requirements for finishing my PhD. Currently I am gradually working my way through my last graduate milestone known as THE DISSERTATION. Now that I know that there is a light at the end of the grad school tunnel I have begun to ponder my next career transition. What do I consider essential characteristics of an ideal organization to work for you ask?! I shall enlighten you below:

  • Public policy focused–> On digital inclusion as it relates to:
    • Digital literacy
    • Education
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Capital Enhancement
    • Youth Development
  • Community engagement & empowerment centered
    • Promotes resource creation and self-sufficiency within communities
  • Prioritizes social good and organizational responsibility
    • Encourages consciousness raising employee engagement i.e. community mentorship
  • Is culturally relevant and responsive
    • Interested in learning the nuances of the communities they are collaborating with and builds with them
  • Collective impact & collaboration centered
    • Values the significance of holistic partnership building
  • Sets standards of good practice 
  • Provides opportunities for upward mobility

As I continue to develop my skills I remain confident that I will land in the hands of a like-minded organization where I will be challenged in ways that shape me into a solid advocate for digital inclusion.

Stay Tuned!