National Collaborative for Digital Equity
A systemic approach to addressing the digital divide is crucial if “digital equity investments” are to be successful and, therefore, sustained and scaled. A systemic approach encompasses free or low-cost access to broadband, computers, ongoing tech support provided by linguistically and culturally diverse youths, guidance from librarians for cybersafety, and digital literacy, among other essentials.
The nonprofit National Collaborative for Digital Equity was co-founded in 2013 by Dr. Robert McLaughlin and Dr. Paul Resta. The Collaborative assists state and local leaders nationwide to form partnerships in low and moderate income communities to close the digital divide in ways closely tied to local strategic workforce development, economic development and educational initiatives.
They also assist bankers and others to design digital equity investments that are not only systemic, but also evidence-based, incremental and well supported by diverse local stakeholders through the collective impact planning process. Affiliated with New England College, in Henniker, NH, the Collaborative is headquartered at NEC.
NCDE directs its resources to the following goals:
- Help high-poverty communities mobilize for sustained systemic digital equity action
- Help states to mobilize sustained digital equity initiatives
- Infuse digital equity issues and strategies into educator preparation
- Provide research and evaluation to identify best practices in digital equity that lead to educational and economic impacts
- Provide technical assistance to digital equity resource providers
- Advise digital equity investors on why and how to design efforts that are systemic so they have genuine impacts on educational and economic opportunity
New England College is proud to affiliate with the National Collaborative for Digital Equity
In collaboration with NCDE, New England College is building undergraduate and graduate curriculum, research capacity, and scholarship to support the development and application of evidence-based digital equity strategies
and practices nationally.
Senator Hassan, Governor Sununu, Educators, Finance Leaders Join Forces to Bring Technology to Low-Income Families: Day-Long “Digital Equity Summit” Will Spearhead Directing Resources to Shrink the Digital Divide in NH.