Digital Equity for Immigrant and Refugee Communities

Digital Equity for Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Preparing for the Digital Equity Competitive Grant

The Digital Equity Act of 2021 provides an unprecedented opportunity to close the digital divide for all, including immigrants and refugees. With the Digital Equity Competitive Grant expected out in August/September 2024, immigrant and refugee serving organizations and State offices can tap into federal funding to support both new and existing digital equity and inclusion efforts.

Digital Equity for Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Preparing for the Digital Equity Competitive Grant webinar on Tuesday, May 21, at 1 PM Eastern

We invite you to join the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), World Education, and World Education Services (WES) for the Digital Equity for Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Preparing for the Digital Equity Competitive Grant webinar on Tuesday, May 21st, from 1 PM – 2:15 PM ET. This webinar will feature an overview of the Digital Equity Act (DEA) and the upcoming Digital Equity Competitive Grant, joined by experts across the country leading digital inclusion work in their immigrant communities.

Speakers:

  • Marisa Parshotam, English Innovations Program Manager, OneAmerica
  • Daisy Magnus-Aryitey, Co-Executive Director, Code the Dream 
  • Candace Heckstall, Virtual, Career-Aligned English as a Second Language (VCESL) Manager, Colorado Office of New Americans 

Moderator:

  • Melissa Holguin Pineda, Programs Manager, Inclusion Initiatives, National Partnership for New Americans

Speakers

Marisa Parshotam
English Innovations Program Manager, OneAmerica

Marisa joined OneAmerica in 2020. In her role she coordinates online English classes & programming that combines English, digital literacy, leadership, and community engagement.

Marisa’s passion for community organizing & language justice was shaped significantly during her time at an adult education non-profit and alongside grassroots BIPOC leaders of Lake City Collective in North Seattle. Her experience working directly with immigrant and refugee communities from a wide range of backgrounds guides her work to collectively build power, opportunity, and equity in our communities. As the daughter of a South African of Indian descent immigrant, Marisa is also inspired by her family history of activism and organizing to fight systemic racism, white supremacy, and oppression during the apartheid regime.

Throughout her time at OneAmerica, Marisa has worked alongside her team to shift the English Innovations Program to a virtual model, reaching over 200 students in over 35 cities across Washington State – and building a powerful program that takes a holistic approach to students’ goals, centering lived experiences, honoring home languages, building community, leadership development, and redefining what the adult education system can be. In her free time, Marisa enjoys drawing, painting, writing, and reading.

Daisy Magnus-Aryitey headshotDaisy Magnus-Aryitey
Co-Executive Director, Code the Dream

Daisy Magnus-Aryitey serves as Co-Executive Director at Code the Dream, a national tech nonprofit based in Durham, North Carolina. In this role, Daisy has supported the national expansion of the nonprofit, taking Code the Dream from a place-based training program to a fully online offering, and increasing its capacity to provide systemic access to economic opportunity through tech education. Prior to joining Code the Dream in a full-time capacity, Daisy worked as a software engineer at Duke University’s Office of Information Technology within the Identity Management Department.

Daisy is originally from Accra, Ghana. Being a Black immigrant woman informs her worldview in substantive ways, and drives her to build scalable systems that will ensure equitable access to education and opportunity for all. She has a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Candace Heckstall headshotCandace Heckstall
Virtual, Career-Aligned English as a Second Language (VCESL) Manager, Colorado Office of New Americans

Candace has over twenty years’ experience as an English Language instructor, educator trainer and facilitator, and change agent with a passionate, demonstrated history of highlighting Multilingual Learners’ voices in the primary and secondary education field.

Her work, the VCESL Program, involves creating direct onramps to employment for eligible New Americans by providing career-specific, online adult English as a Second Language courses. This program is for New Americans who may be entering the workforce, seeking to transition to a better job, or simply wanting to improve their English skills to become stronger candidates for more lucrative job opportunities in much-needed sectors and industries.

Candace received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and her Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Teacher Education & Higher Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Resources

View our list of resources on the Digital Equity Act, digital inclusion models, coalition and partnership building, research and data, and federal grant writing and management below, or access the list directly.

If you know of additional resources, please consider submitting them. (If you are unable to access the online form, please email the resource and a brief description to shirley_doan@worlded.org.)

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