May 12 - Equity and Infrastructure: A Discussion on the State of Digital Inclusion in KC

National Digital Inclusion Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about digital inequities and nationwide efforts to close those gaps. Throughout the week, May 8-13, organizations will host events and awareness efforts around different themes of digital inclusion, ramping up to a virtual panel discussion on May 12 with some of the national leaders in digital inclusion.

The Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion is moving their monthly meeting to May 12 to host Equity and Infrastructure: A Discussion on the State of Digital Inclusion in KC a local panel discussion around questions of digital equity in our city and to watch the national panel discussion together. Kansas City's local panel will have two parts. Panel one will be practitioners and individuals on the ground who can speak to the needs and gaps still present in our community and what to consider for future digital equity efforts. Panel two will be executives and policymakers responding to the themes of panel one and considering future digital equity efforts from a broader, big-picture perspective.

After the local panel discussion Google Fiber has graciously offered to sponsor lunch for attendees, and then everyone will tune in to watch the national panel discussion at noon.

The local panel discussion will be from 10-11:30, lunch break will be from 11:30-12:00, and the national panel will be from noon to 1:00. All events will take place in Helzberg Auditorium, on the 5th floor of the Kansas City Public Library's Central Branch. This event and lunch is free but please RSVP to ensure we can accommodate everyone!

Local KC panelists include
Ina Montgomery—Urban TEC
Kelvin Patterson—Housing Authority of Kansas City
Sheridin Jones – resident and volunteer of HAKC
Roosevelt Lyons—Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department
Brent Schondelmeyer—LINC
Rachel Merlo—Google Fiber