Commitmentment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Technology Education
Lack of access to technology education is directly leading to greater opportunity gaps. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey shows that African American and Hispanic households are 1.3 to 1.4 times as likely to experience limited access to technology as white households.
CfAL has a responsibility to use our position to ensure that all human beings, especially people of color, have access to technology – and that technology is access to opportunity. Access to technology and computer training is more than just having a home computer and knowing how to use it. It is access to expanded learning opportunities, increased computer knowledge and job skills development, and the ability to access employment opportunities online.
The core of our work is to improve the technology education of children and adults and close the technology gap for those we serve. CfAL is committed to increasing access to technology and training for all to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion remains at the core of our work, treating everyone with dignity, respect and kindness. In doing so, we continually work to remove all barriers to entry into our program. As barriers are identified, CfAL’s team works to adjust how programs are delivered and/or made available to the community.
For example, understanding that 33% of our participants are Spanish-speaking, CfAL’s lessons are taught in both English and Spanish. Looking to serve a wider community, CfAL partners with Havenly Treats, an organization that provides job training to refugee and immigrant women, to ensure our lessons are also translated into Arabic.
In addition, we understand that some individuals in our program may need additional support in learning new computer skills, as their background may not have provided ample access to technology. To support those in need of more guidance, CfAL offers live online technical support Mondays through Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm, along with additional hours by request.
Lastly, CfAL works to remove barriers to entry by making all programs free to participants, and available online or in-person to both youth and adults. Again, addressing equity, CfAL partners with the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven to offer technology programs at four Boys & Girls Club sites in New Haven, CT.
We do not believe any individual or group to be adversely impacted by our program.