Stakeholder Snapshot

Snapshots highlight stakeholders working to close the gap in the digital divide in Charlotte.

A stakeholder is an educator, trainer, practitioner, or community leader who subscribes to the belief that everyone in our community should have broadband access in the home and are willing to leverage their resources as part of a collective community effort to promote Digital Inclusion.

FEATURED STAKEHOLDERS

Steve Wood

Steve Wood
Neighborhood Training and Development Program Manager
Neighborhood & Business Services, City of Charlotte

“Digital Inclusion helps us all. As residents get access and learn how to harness this access, they are opened up to a whole new world of resources and opportunity. Resources and opportunity drive improving the quality of life within the City of Charlotte.”
Meet Steve Wood

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Kia Moore
Creative Director (Arts & Culture)
Hip Hop University

“A digitally connected community looks like a culturally, ethnically and gender diverse, thriving digital entrepreneurial community…all members of the community must understand how to use technology to better themselves and the community in which they dwell.”
Meet Kia Moore

Andrew Au
Director of Community Programs
Queens Knight School of Communication

“A digitally connected community is simple in my mind. It means that people will use technology and digital tools to connect with one another in easier ways.”
Meet Andrew Au

Jill Bjers
Executive Director
Code for Charlotte

“For me, a digitally connected community is two fold. Not only does everyone have access to technology but also to resources and services that are designed for them and user-friendly. It is important to simultaneously create access and usability, especially for our most vulnerable communities.”
Meet Jill Bjers

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Dr. Alexis Carreiro
Assistant Professor
Knight School of Communication, Queens University of Charlotte

“So helping students and community members access and critically analyze the media (in all of its digital forms, in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.) and learn how to share, produce, and disseminate their own stories is incredibly important for me. These are critical 21st-century skills.”
Meet Dr. Alexis Carreiro

Bruce Clark

Bruce Clark
Digital Inclusion Project Manager
Queens Knight School of Communication

“Simply put, a digitally connected community is one that strives to ensure that all of its residents, no matter their zip code, have affordable broadband access in the home, the technology to connect to the internet, and the skills to take advantage of the opportunity the first two create.”
Meet Bruce Clark

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Amalia Deloney
Senior Program Officer
Media Democracy Fund

“Personally, I do not believe there is a technological solution to the social and economic inequities of our time, however I do think technologies can help to facilitate new ways of thinking, connecting and building that can be leveraged to challenge the disparities our communities face”
Meet Amalia Deloney

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Christine Edwards
Community Relations Coordinator
Mecklenburg County

“A digitally connected community means a person has reliable internet access to keep up with the communication of today’s world. It looks like a safety net- a reassurance that all people will have equitable access to the information they need to participate in today’s world.”
Meet Christine Edwards

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David Jessup, Jr
Founder, Digi-Bridge
Youth Programs Administrator, City of Charlotte

“I believe that our city can provide every child with a quality, 21st century educational experience. This work is about more than simply creating a digitally inclusive Queen City, it’s about making sure all of our youth have access to the tools they need to be successful.”
Meet David Jessup, Jr

Ben Johnson of Drive Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina

Ben Johnson
Executive Director
Drive Inc.

“When I think of a digitally connected community and what we do with Drive, we want people to be comfortable with technology — not just using it for the for the five things that they use all the time.”
Meet Ben Johnson

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Torie R. Leslie
STEAM Community Catalyst
Digi-Bridge

“Life is all about new experiences and how we use those to learn and grow. That one opportunity can turn into an interest, which fuels a passion, which leads to a career, social movement or any other life changing circumstance. We have a whole new world to explore in the digital environment and we all deserve the opportunity to learn and grow with it.”
Meet Torie R. Leslie

Travis Manigan, Gameplan, Charlotte

Travis Manigan
Founder
Gameplan, www.gmplan.com

“Looking historically at the things that we built in this country, at some point we needed to build roads. And right now we’re going through a digital revolution where everything is digitized now and digital inclusion is important because the world is changing.”
Meet Travis Manigan

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Dr. John A. McArthur
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
Knight School of Communication, Queens University of Charlotte

“As a scholar and researcher of human communication and technology interactions, I believe that we all have choices to make as citizens in an increasingly digital world. Our digital actions should not only add to the data swirling around us, but also make a contribution to the communities we serve.”
Meet Dr. John A. McArthur

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Don Michael
Senior Program Coordinator
Learning Technology Services of Central Piedmont Community College

“Digital Inclusion should be a major part of what we should be involved with at the CPCC because it does actually have a direct connection to education. We are trying to find ways to make digital inclusion work for the systems that we have here. “
Meet Don Michael

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Pat Millen
Co-Founder/Executive Director
E2D, Inc. – Eliminate the Digital Divide

“Charlotte is a great city due to its historic overarching belief that all of our citizens can and should prosper and that we, as a community, have the resources and inclination to buttress those who need a little help.”
Meet Pat Millen

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Kia Moore
Creative Director (Arts & Culture)
Hip Hop University

“A digitally connected community looks like a culturally, ethnically and gender diverse, thriving digital entrepreneurial community…all members of the community must understand how to use technology to better themselves and the community in which they dwell.”
Meet Kia Moore

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Cache Owens
Digital Inclusion Fellow at Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership
Action Researcher at Charlotte Action Research Project (CHARP)

“Digital inclusion is vital if Charlotte is to truly be a city of equity and access. Closing the digital divide is beneficial to all because when everyone can get online, curious minds are connected to the resources they need to become innovators.”
Meet Cache Owens

Bob Page

Bob Page
Director of Digital Projects and editor of Digital Charlotte
Queens James L. Knight School of Communications

“Digital inclusion focuses on basic needs that are instrumental to economic mobility, a critical issue in Charlotte. People need online access, they need to know how to use it, and access devices are essential everyday tools.”
Meet Bob Page

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Irene Sandoval Arce
Assistant Director Communications and Marketing/ ESL Coordinator
Metropolitan College at Johnson C. Smith University

“A digitally connected community is a community where everyone can take part, enjoy, share and benefit from knowledge and relevant information that will add value to people’s everyday lives and that will allow them to thrive and achieve their individual and collective goals.”
Meet Irene Sandoval

Margo Scurry
Digital Inclusion Fellow
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

“I have always been passionate about training as it has been a major asset in just about every aspect of my career but most significantly through my work with workforce development non-profits and as a provider of custom training services. I have particularly championed the importance of digital inclusion to provide access and economic opportunities for Charlotte’s under-served populations.”
Meet Margo Scurry

Gurtej Singh
Technology Director
Hip Hop University

“Technology is one of the best tools in our arsenal to empower and uplift the individual, develop a workforce for modern times, and increase social mobility. I truly believe technology has the capacity to be a great equalizer used to reduce many social woes.”
Meet Gurtej Singh

Steve Wood

Steve Wood
Neighborhood Training and Development Program Manager
Neighborhood & Business Services, City of Charlotte

“Digital Inclusion helps us all. As residents get access and learn how to harness this access, they are opened up to a whole new world of resources and opportunity. Resources and opportunity drive improving the quality of life within the City of Charlotte.”
Meet Steve Wood