A Look Ahead: Lasting Changes in Digital Inclusion, Post-Pandemic
June 17, 9:30 AM
Description: What changes brought on by the pandemic are here to stay? What changes still need to be made? Three panelists, each representing either Education, Workforce Development or Senior Services will share their views on the future of digital inclusion.
Deborah Oriol – Supervising Library Assistant at Jersey City Free Public Library, Chair of the The Digital Inclusion Team of The Jersey City Free Public Library
Deborah Oriol has worked for the Jersey City Free Public Library (JCFPL) for over 30 years total. After a small 10-year hiatus from the library, she returned to the place where she developed her love of the library and true public service.
She has held several titles and worked at many branches throughout the JCFPL system and says that she has continued to learn from her day-to-day experiences there.
Currently managing The West Bergen Branch Library, she also co-chairs The Summer Reading Program 2021” Tails and Tales” and serves as the Chair for the Digital Inclusion Group for the JCFPL “Get Digi With Us!”.
The digital inclusion group exists to assist all adult residents with Digital Literacy, and will at some point provide the rental of devices from the Library. Bridging the digital divide in general, and working on digital literacy in particular are their main goals.
Duwan Bogert – Executive Director at Passaic County Workforce Development Board
Duwan Bogert is the Executive Director for the Workforce Development Board of Passaic
County, where Duwan is dedicated to supporting workforce and economic development by
connecting Passaic County New Jersey residents to jobs and ensuring that employers have the
skilled workers they need grow, compete, and prosper.
Duwan’s goal is to connect Skilled Labor and Quality Education with Industry Demand to
build a workforce investment system that promotes a competitive atmosphere and empowers all
concerned parties to succeed in the 21st-century environment. To accomplish these goals, he sets
the strategic direction of the Passaic County One-Stop System, creates forums for analyzing and
discussing critical workforce issues to determine the best implementation strategies, and builds
partners with state and local officials to ensure the Workforce Development Board of Passaic
County efforts stay aligned with county goals.
Ronald Chaluisán Batlle – Executive Director at Newark Trust for Education
Mr. Chaluisán Batlle is the Executive Director of the Newark Trust for Education. As a former classroom teacher, he has experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as in multiple content areas, including high school math, English, and dance. A founding principal of a NYC district sixth through twelfth grade public school, he also designed and led the New Visions New Century High School Initiative, designed and led a network of seven charter public high schools in NYC, and created a clinical high school leadership certification program.
His career has been a series of opportunities focused on how students learn, how schools support student learning, how schools work together to learn from each other, and how community resources can be leveraged to improve student outcomes.
As Executive Director of the Trust, he is responsible for building the organization. He brings together a group of diverse individuals and organizations committed to helping 78,000 Newark youth learn at home, in community, and at school. His leadership of this group enables the Trust to find common ground across key community stakeholders, set out a pathway, coordinate a plan, and assess whether its shared goals will be met.
Ronald is a Fellow of the Pahara-Aspen Education Program. His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from Harvard University, a Master of Arts degree in Literature from Claremont Graduate University, and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education.
A Look Back: How Has the Pandemic Changed Digital Inclusion? | May 20, 9:30 AM
Description: How has COVID-19 impacted the people you serve, from a digital inclusion standpoint? In this meeting, join the DIPNJ community to talk about the changes (good and bad) you have noticed in digital services, and the adoption of digital life within the populations that you serve. We will also be developing questions to pose to a panel of subject matter experts in our June meeting.
Digital Inclusion Week Symposium (Online) | October 7, 10 AM
Description: During Digital Inclusion Week 2020, DIPNJ is looking to bring together individuals from New Jersey’s state and municipal governments; public interest groups; and digital inclusion practitioners to discuss the many facets of digital inclusion.