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The Digital Divide: How COVID-19 Exposed Disparity in Communities and What We Can Do About It
Join us for this special lunchtime discussion hosted by The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the digital divide in stark relief. Low-income families, already experiencing disproportionate health impacts and income loss, have struggled to access unemployment and other assistance requiring online applications.

With school now virtual for most students, many families don’t have adequate affordable broadband to meet family needs, and often don’t have appropriate devices or experience with using them. All of this conspires to deepen disparities.

While fear, loss of income, and food insecurity were the deepest initial hardships, the depth of the digital divide made every solution more challenging.

Using the experience of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) residents as a case study, join our expert panel to explore problems and potential solutions to three aspects of the digital divide: quality, affordable internet access; appropriate devices; and, the know-how and support to use them.

APAH is a non-profit housing developer that provides affordable rental homes and supportive services to 1,800 households. At the start of the pandemic, APAH immediately pivoted from in-person programming to virtual support largely, by phone.

Welcome:
Liza Wilson Durant - Associate Provost, George Mason University

Speakers:
Nina Janopaul - President & CEO, APAH
Carmen Romero - V.P., Real Estate Development, APAH
Katie Cristol - Member, Arlington County Board
Rajesh Adusumilli, Assistant Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools
Holly Hartell, Assistant CIO for Strategic Initiatives, Arlington County
Brooke Hammond Pérez - Economic Independence Division Chief, Arlington County

Keynote:
Aneesh Chopra - Co-founder & President, CareJourney and Chief Technology Officer, The White House

Questions? Contact Toni Andrews - tandrew7@gmu.edu

Nov 17, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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