Upcoming STEM Education Coalition Webinar on Digital Skills, Equity, and the Best Jobs of the Future

Oct 4, 2021

by ASME.org

On Thursday, October 7, the STEM Education Coalition will be hosting a webinar to celebrate National Digital Inclusion week. The webinar, titled “Digital Skills, Equity, and the Best Jobs of the Future,” will be held at 11:00 AM ET and will focus on how policymakers can act to increase equity as it relates to accessing and navigating the internet. The webinar aligns with ASME’s own diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities, which include fostering diversity, ensuring equitable access and inclusive practices, raising awareness of unconscious bias, and promoting cultural competence both within ASME and in the engineering field at large.
Thursday’s webinar will touch on the Digital Equity Act, which is part of the Advancing (?) Infrastructure Investment and Act. The Digital Equity Act will provide $2.75 billion through establishing two grant programs to be administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to promote digital equity nationwide:
  • Building Capacity within States through Formula Grants: The Digital Equity Act of 2021creates an annual $125 million formula grant program for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to fund the creation and implementation of comprehensive digital equity plans in each state
  • Spurring Targeted Action through Competitive Grants: The Digital Equity Act of 2021 creates an annual $125 million competitive grant program to support digital inclusion projects undertaken by individual groups, coalitions, and/or communities of interest
  • Supporting Research and Evidence-Based Policymaking: The Digital Equity Act of 2021 tasks NTIA with evaluating digital inclusion projects and providing policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels with detailed information about which projects are most effective 
Read ASME’s latest position statement on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the STEM Workforce.”
Click here for more information on the upcoming webinars and to register.

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