News Release

NCLR and Comcast Digital Innovation Peer Exchange Examines Digital Access for Latinos to Ensure Progress

Latino leaders exchange ideas and explore strategies to bridge the digital divide

October 18, 2016

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@nclr.org
(305) 215-4259

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and Comcast invited Latino community leaders from across the country to Silicon Valley for a half-day convening to discuss digital access for Latinos. The aim was to exchange creative ways nonprofit organizations are leveraging technology to advance their missions and deepen impact in the areas of education and workforce, immigration services, and civic engagement. The event highlighted the importance of equitable access to high-speed Internet in order to participate in today’s changing and fast-paced world. Guest speakers included Maria O. Álvarez, Director of Latino Content and Outreach at Common Sense Media; José A. Quiñonez, CEO of Mission Asset Fund and recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship; and Frank Carbajal, President and Founder of Es Tiempo and coauthor of “Building the Latino Future: Success Stories for the Next Generation.”

“We are excited to host this important exchange today and for the opportunity to highlight the ways technology is used to elevate and expand the work of nonprofits. Working with committed partners like Comcast and our network of Affiliate organizations, we will continue to bridge the digital divide, bringing effective resources, innovative tools and creative solutions to communities in greatest need,” said Delia de la Vara, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, NCLR.

Though we have witnessed gains in Internet usage among Latinos, disparities remain. According to results from Pew Research Center’s 2015 National Survey of Latinos, between 2010 and 2015, there was minimal growth in the number of Hispanics with access to a home broadband connection, from 45 to 46 percent. Over the same period, that share among Whites grew from 64 to 73 percent.

The convening brought together NCLR Affiliate organizations from across the country that are recipients of the Comcast Digital Innovation grant. NCLR Affiliates from California also joined. The grantees lead initiatives that vary from offering computer literacy workshops and training for kids and adults to bringing supercomputer hubs to rural and underserved farmworker communities. Others integrate education for Latino microbusiness owners where students of the ConXion Comcast Digital Connectors program offer technical assistance to adult business owners. This partnership will also deepen immigration legal services, as it provides access to LawLogix, Citizenshipworks as well as training on how to use NCLR’s Immigo app.

The grantee organizations are Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Building Skills Partnership, Centro Campesino Farmworker Center, Connect Familias, ConXión to Community, East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, Erie Neighborhood House, Hispanic Unity of Florida, Instituto del Progreso, Mission Asset Fund, PODER, and Sociedad Latina.

Since 2006, NCLR has partnered with Comcast to invest in the communities and support strategies aimed to promote digital access for Latinos with direct service, resources and assistance.

For additional information, please contact Camila Gallardo, Assistant Director, Communications at cgallardo@nclr.org or (305) 215-4259.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.