Digital Equity Virtual Town Hall
October 19, 2020 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Online event, preregistration required: https://www.literacymn.org/digitalequitytownhall
Online event: preregistration required
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Join Literacy Minnesota for a free virtual town hall addressing the critical need for equitable access to technology, devices and digital literacy skills. According to Digital US, 18 million households across the United States do not have access to the internet and 32 million adults do not know how to use a computer. The COVID-19 pandemic has made these disparities especially stark, as so many are relying on technology to work, learn and access critical resources. On Monday, October 19 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CDT, Literacy Minnesota is hosting our first-ever Digital Equity Town Hall. Please join us on Zoom to hear from a panel of experts working on the frontlines to close the digital divide, including Gwenn Weaver, Eric Nesheim, Theresa Sladek and Deqa Hassan. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Featured Keynote Presenter: Gwenn Weaver has provided leadership to and promoted change in public and private sector groups including educational, nonprofit, government and business organizations for more than 30 years. Recently, she retired from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), where she served as a program officer for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. Weaver has spent much of her life engaged with learning and literacy. Currently she serves as chair of ALA’s Committee on Literacy, and participating on the Advisory Committee to the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. She holds an MBA from UCLA, an MS in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign; a BA in sociology from the University of Buffalo, and an AA from Mitchell College.