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The digital divide is a persistent driver of inequity and remains a barrier to learning, prosperity, work opportunities, and health for too many in Philadelphia. Digital Equity has been a top priority of the ExCITe Center since its founding, and through our Digital Navigator and PHLConnectED outreach programs we've been able to make an impact with Philadelphia children, seniors, veterans, adult learners. We have reached over 1,700 K-12 student households and hundreds of other community members, assisting with Internet access, distributing free computers, and providing referrals to digital literacy training.

This Giving Tuesday, please support the ExCITe Digital Equity Fund!

Profile images of student Digital Navigators.
Between Drexel Co-ops and Community Scholars, we've trained 13 Drexel students as Digital Navigators, since the start of the pandemic. Your contribution will continue to help support important opportunities for students to be involved in their community.
Pictures of community members receiving computers.  165 devices distributed!
In November we surpassed 165 free computers distributed to community members and local non-profit programs. With large donations of laptops from Unisys and Comcast, we are poised to distribute over 300 additional computers by Spring of 2022.


Help us achieve our goal this Giving Tuesday!
Digital Equity isn't achieved solely through Internet and device access, but also through access to innovative technology-enabled learning. This Fall, the ExCITe Center launched a new Minecraft mini-course at Science Leadership Academy Middle School (SLAMS). Led by our Civic Technology Co-op Serenity Baruzzini, graduate student Charis Cochran, and former Co-op Panote Nuchprayoon, SLAMS students are learning to design and build their new school building to scale on a custom Minecraft server, extending the virtual build of Drexel's campus.

Support the ExCITe Center Digital Equity Fund to help us sustain and expand our K-12 student programs in West Philly

Drexel co-op, Serenity Baruzzini teaching middle school students using a Smartboard.         Middle school students playing Minecraft on iPads in a classroom.
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