NCCU hosts CommunITy Day to Bridge Digital Divide in Durham, June 7

Posted May 30, 2024, 2:01PM

The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Digital Equity Leadership Program (DELP) is working to narrow the digital divide in Durham with its CommunITy Day on Friday, June 7, 1- 4 p.m. The event will take place at Weaver Street Recreation Center, located at 3000 E. Weaver St. The event is free and open to the public. 

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey reveals a significant challenge: roughly 1.1 million households in North Carolina are without access to high-speed internet, with 266,000 households encountering infrastructure obstacles. Furthermore, Black, LatinX and Native American households are 10% less likely to have a broadband internet subscription compared to white or Asian households. Additionally, many residents lack the essential skills to effectively utilize digital tools. 

The event, co-sponsored by Digital Durham, the Durham County Library, the Durham Housing Authority, Dell Technologies, T-Mobile, RS Rescue and the Kramden Institute, will address the technology disparities in the community and highlight local programs with opportunities aimed at bridging this digital gap. 

DELP, housed in NCCU's School of Library and Information Sciences, was launched with a $2.9 million grant from the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The program is dedicated to addressing broadband access, connectivity, adoption and equity issues in both the university and its surrounding anchor communities. NCCU is committed to developing innovative solutions to empower residents in these communities with the digital literacy skills necessary for employment, daily tasks and more. 

WHEN:  
Friday, June 7, 2024, 1- 4 p.m.  

WHERE:       
Weaver Street Recreation Center 
3000 E. Weaver St. 
Durham, NC 22701  

For more information on the NCCU DELP CommunITy Day event, please email  [email protected] or call 919-530-6400. 

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