Behind the Screens: Bridging the Digital Divide

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On October 14, 2020 from 4:00-8pm, the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) in partnership with the Women’s & Gender Equity Center, is hosting its third annual Behind the Screens symposium that focuses on the dark side of technology. This year’s theme is Bridging the Digital Divide

  • Can you imagine a world without wifi?
  • How would you graduate without access to a computer?
  • What if a new job required you to use technology you didn’t understand?
  • What if your social media was suddenly shut down?

There are people living these realities every day. The divide is real.

Register for our symposium on October 14, 2020 from 4:00-8pm on Zoom.

Get the facts. Imagine a better future.


In light of the Coronavirus pandemic and the move to alternative modes of instruction on campus, it is imperative that our first online symposium consider how differing levels of access to hardware, software, wifi, and technical knowledge as well as digital discrimination are impacting CSULB students and their families in the Long Beach and greater Los Angeles areas. 

The symposium includes a digital skills career segment, problem solution talks, a digital empowerment panel, and a design sprint. The design sprint is a collaborative thinking environment for students, faculty, community members, and experts to brainstorm future solutions to the digital divide. 

Event Agenda

4:00pm Welcome

4:05pm Digital Skills Career Segment Dr. Rachel Hastings

4:30-6:30pm Problem Solution Talks

Hardware Fiona Foster

Digital Skills Cesar Zaldivar-Motts

Digital Discrimination Malliha Ahmad

Wifi/Broadband Rebecca Kauma 

6:00-7:00pm Digital Empowerment Panel

Dr. Gwen Shaffer 

Lea Ericksen

Jessica Santana 

Dr. Jeffrey Omari

Holly Richards

7-7:55pm Design Sprint

7:55pm Closing

Participant Bios