Presented by the Walton Family Foundation, join Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, the co-founder of BlackTech Week, and others for the fourth installment of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Virtual Brain Trust Series.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time: 12-1:30 PM EST
Remarks from Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chair, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology – U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Barbara Lee* and Rep. G.K. Butterfield*, Co-Chairs, CBC Tech 2020 – U.S. House of Representatives
Dr. Charles Cole, Founder – Energy Convertors
Felecia Hatcher, Executive Director – Code Fever; Co-Founder – BlackTech Week
Dr. Fallon Wilson, Founder – National Black Tech Ecosystem Builder Association
Dr. Menna Demessie, Vice President, Center for Policy Analysis and Research – CBCF (moderator)
The COVID-19 crisis has equally emphasized the digital divide and its impact on education, employment, and resources. While people across the United States wrestle with staying “connected” and informed about critical information including how to protect themselves and where to seek resources to benefit from the CARES Act stimulus package, it is important to understand the root causes of the digital divide for vulnerable communities.
This Virtual Brain Trust will discuss critical policy and community-based solutions to mitigating the digital divide and understanding the historical context of equitable opportunity whether discussing STEM education and employment in the tech sector, workforce diversity, public private partnerships, and which practical steps can be taken during the current crisis.