We Can’t Wait to Close the Digital Divide

Andrea Rundell

YWCA of the University of Illinois

Event Date/Time:

  1. Thursday, April 28, 2022
    6:00pm — 7:15pm

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Champaign, IL, April 12, 2021 –The YWCA of the University of Illinois is holding a virtual panel on  April 28th, joining YWCA’s across the country in the Stand Against Racism campaign, “We Can’t Wait: Equity and Justice Now, with this local YW focusing their efforts on the digital divide. The panel will include various voices from the Champaign-Urbana community discussing the impact of racism on access to technology and the subsequent inequities in education, healthcare, employment. The panel discussion can be viewed on their website on April 28th, starting at noon. YWCA U of I: We Can’t Wait.


Presenters include: 

  • Sam Hall III, Program Director with DREAAM
  • Dawn Blackman, Outreach Pastor at Champaign Church of the Brethren
  • Stephanie Burnett, Move to Work and Community Program Manager for the Housing Authority of Champaign County

Moderated by: 

  • Lemond Peppers, City of Urbana’s Community Engagement Coordinator


Andrea Rundell, Executive Director, YWCA of the University of Illinois, explained, “Inequitable access to technology and the knowledge of how to use it has been thrown into high relief by the pandemic. So much of our lives got moved online, and the people who could not move with it have been left out. Because of racial disparities in access, this is overwhelmingly people of color.” 


In addition to the YWCA, sponsors include the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, United Way Champaign County, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, and SharePower Responsible Investing. 


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