Happy January from the Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion!

Vision: Every citizen and household in the Kansas City metropolitan area has access to the Internet, the equipment needed to use it and the skills needed to take advantage.


Mission: To facilitate collaboration among organizations and initiatives working to bridge the digital divide in order maximize the resources for the greatest impact.

Here's What's Happening...

Upcoming Meeting Info:

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m. - noon
Meeting ID: 971 7234 0443
Passcode: KCCDI2021
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Recording of the January gathering of the Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion

What We Covered:

News and Events


Nomination Form for the 2021 Digital Equity Champions is live and awaiting your submissions!

Named for Charles Benton, the founder of Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, NDIA created the awards to recognize leadership and dedication in advancing digital equity: from promoting the ideal of accessible and affordable communications technology for all Americans to crafting programs and policies that make it a reality.

NDIA will present two awards: the Digital Equity Champion Award will recognize an outstanding individual who has made a difference in the field of digital equity, while the Emerging Leader Award will acknowledge an up-and-coming digital inclusion practitioner. Awards will be presented during
NDIA’s Net Inclusion webinar.
We expect more nominations than ever this year as more people than ever have started working in the field or expanded their reach and capabilities in their existing programs. Please help us keep these nominations as diverse as possible in the work nominees are doing and share this nomination form widely!

Updates to Northstar

You may be interested in new resources just released by Northstar Digital Literacy, a program of Literacy Minnesota. Supporting K-12 Distance Learning is designed to assess the ability of parents/caregivers to assist their children to participate successfully in distance learning. We also released curricula to accompany this module. Like all of our curricula, this is designed for classroom use but can also be used at a distance. During this time when so many children are struggling with distance learning, we hope this will be a valuable resource to help caregivers learn how they can support and assist their children with online learning. Digital navigators may also find this valuable in their work.
These resources were made possible through CARES funding administered through the State of Minnesota Library Services.


Involvement Opportunity

DEI in the Digital Space
Hosted by Digital Women KC

Do you want to be a featured panelist?

Digital Women KC is seeking a leader, specifically women / POC, in the KC digital accessibility & inclusion space to be a featured panelist. This panel will also feature speakers from DEI areas including talent, brand creation, and more.

The goal is to foster a meaningful conversation for professionals in the digital space — to grow empathy, spark new ideas, and help us all to weave DEI in the DNA of our work — regardless of field or role.

Contact Kerri Voyles for more information:

IMPORTANT: We Need Your Input!

Missouri Broadband Resource Rail Signup Form

Missouri is home to a wealth of organizations, programs and people working to support broadband expansion and utilization across the state. Please complete the form below ASAP to share information about what you are working on.

It will take no more than 5 minutes!

Resource Rail Survey

Member Spotlight

See what our members are doing around the community!
January 2021:

Jennifer Williams 
Tech Access Virtual Services Program Coordinator
Tech Access, The Kansas City Public Library

What Do You Do?
In my role as Tech Access Virtual Services Program Coordinator (say that five times fast!) in the Tech Access division of the Kansas City Public Library, I work on virtual community tech assistance. We will be launching a Tech Hotline to assist community members and patrons with everything from classes to low-cost internet service. I'm also working on tech centered programming for the library that can be accessed virtually. 

Who Do You Serve?
Patrons of the library as well as the community at large, with a focus on low-income residents and underserved areas.

Any Accomplishments You'd Like to Share?
I started at the Kansas City Public Library as an Americorps VISTA member. Even if the year has thrown some curve balls, I was able to set up educational tools to develop and cultivate skills for leisure and gain a new skillset for the workplace.  


We look forward to hearing and seeing you all next month.  If you have any questions, contact:
Digital Inclusion
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