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Title:Sowing Seeds: Promoting Digital Inclusion Through Public Engagement
Author(s):Wolske, Martin; Houston, Brant; Dempsey, Pam; Rhinesmith, Colin; Olea, Geovani; Carr, Imani; Barton, Karen
Subject(s):digital inclusion
digital literacy
public engagement
Abstract:The Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is part of a two-decade-long history of community engagement around technology, from Prairienet (founded 1993), to the Community Networking Initiative (CNI), and then the Community Informatics Initiative, which has now been folded into CDI. The Sowing Seeds project seeks to expand upon this public engagement tradition by providing support to faculty, students, and staff to promote digital inclusion for social and economic development in underserved neighborhoods in Champaign, Urbana, Danville and East St. Louis, Illinois. In partnership with Brant Houston, Department of Journalism, and Pam Dempsey, CU Citizen Access, the Sowing Seeds project is helping to develop innovative approaches to building inclusive digital communities through digital and media literacy training. Students from a Community Informatics Studio course have been designing new approaches to literacy training, while the training is being delivered by neighborhood resident Community Ambassadors placed at public computing centers located within partner sites. Engagement is occurring with long-term community partners including directors and staff at Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis; The Urbana Free Library; Salt & Light, which provides a food pantry and clothing closet to meet the immediate physical needs of families with limited financial resources in Champaign; and a community center located within the Shadow Wood mobile home park neighborhood in North Champaign. The work is funded in part by a Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Eliminate the Digital Divide program.
Issue Date:2013-02-28
Citation Info:University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Public Engagement Symposium, February 28, 2013.
Genre:Conference Poster
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-03-06

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