Transforming Immigrant Digital Equity (TIDE)

​Pilot Site: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Office of the Future of Work

Location Based in Denver, CO
Organization Type State office
Size 537,334 New Americans (immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers)
New American Population 49% Spanish-speaking
40% from Mexico

Melanie Colletti, Digital Equity Manager, Office of the Future of Work

The Office of the Future of Work (OFOW), which is part of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), is responsible for developing policy and programmatic solutions to ensure that all Coloradans can fully participate in a rapidly evolving workforce. Their work focuses on three areas: modern worker protections and benefits, planning for the changing nature of work, and supporting underserved populations. While the OFOW does not provide any direct services, the Office works closely with the Colorado Office of New Americans (ONA), the Colorado Office of eHealth Innovation (OeHI), the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Colorado Department of Education, and local adult education providers to ensure effective service delivery to immigrants and refugees across the state.

The OFOW and OeHI also co-lead the state’s Digital Equity Committee, known as the Subcommittee on Digital Literacy and Inclusion between March 2021 and July 2022. The Committee leads working groups on digital equity policy, data, and promising practices, and will serve as the working group for Colorado’s Digital Equity Act-funded state planning process.