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We are pleased to have Gabryella Desporte, mentor and program coordinator at local nonprofit Latinitas, speak about engaging communities of color and making programming more inclusive. Gabryella is one of the prestigious NTEN and Google Fiber Digital Inclusion Fellows, a national program of emerging leaders. The fellowship program helps them hone their skills and develop new and enhanced digital literacy programs for adults.
#NPTechClubATX is part of a network of tech clubs across the nation and the world. NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network and NetSquared (a program of TechSoup), are co-sponsors. Meetings are free to all.
NPTechClubATX: Engaging Communities of Color with Gabryella Desporte of Latinitas
Engaging Communities of
Gabryella Desporte, Program Coordinator at Latinitas
Table of Contents
1. About Me
2. About Latinitas
3. About Digital Inclusion Fellowship, NTEN
4. Why We’re Here
5. What Our Parents Need
6. Digital Parents Program
7. ¿Mande? - Communicating with Community
8. It’s Your Turn
9. Conclusion + Wrap Up
● Born and raised in Austin, TX
● UT Austin, Class of 2017
● Latin American Studies +
● Frontera Digital: Understanding
Biometric Border Surveillance
and Transgender Migrants
● Loves being a mentor, learning
new technology, and trying new
● Nonproﬁt organization founded in 2002 in
● Mission: To empower girls to innovate through
media and technology
● Programs in Austin, El Paso, San Francisco, Rio
Grande Valley, New Mexico
● Served over 30,000 girls
● After school clubs, weekend workshops,
conferences, summer camps, certiﬁcation
● Media literacy and tech curriculum, including:
○ Digital citizenship
○ Virtual/augmented reality
○ 3D printing
● Women only comprise of 20% of the tech workforce and
Latina women only hold 2% of all tech jobs.
● Move the Needle - more representation of women and
Latinas in technology, media, and STEM industries
● Living in Austin:
○ #1 Place to Live in the United States
○ #2 for Entrepreneurs + Startups
○ #6 Tech Talent Market
● By investing in girls to be the next generation of
courageous leaders, we help move the needle to bring
better representation of women of color, especially
Latinas, in the media and tech sector.
About NTEN + Digital
● NTEN/Nonproﬁt Technology Education
○ Digital Inclusion Fellowship Program
○ 5th cohort
○ Members from Texas, Ohio, Oregon,
North Carolina, Utah from various
○ Goal: to create computer and
technology literacy training programs
for adults to bridge the digital divide
Why We’re Here
● Our mission - To help empower girls to innovate
using media and technology
● Where do parents ﬁt in this equation?
● Student access to technology at home limited -
that means parents don’t have access, either
● Digital Inclusion Fellowship and Parents of
Latinitas - what program can we create
speciﬁcally for our parents?
● Question: How can we increase access to
technology for our community and help
address the digital divide?
What Our Parents Need
● Access: Almost every parent owns a smartphone. But, just because they have
phones doesn’t mean they can do the same things they could do on a laptop!
○ ~30% have desktop computers, and ~60% had laptops at home
○ Computer and technology training, but how do we go from the classroom to
● Training: conﬁdence in learning new skills, on their own terms
○ Learn about Microsoft apps, Google functionality, and most of all privacy
○ 2-gen approach: having students teach parents instead of traditional
○ Bilingual assistants to teach as many parents as possible.
Digital Parents/Padres Digitales
ProgramThe Digital Parents Program is a
series of workshops and an
8-week program designed to
equip parents to learn essential
computer literacy skills, such as
using email, learning about digital
citizenship, and learning how to
connect to new opportunities for
their career. What makes this
program special is that it is a free,
bilingual program that uses a
2-gen (two generations) approach
to accommodate as many parents
What parents will gain out of the
● New, applicable knowledge on
how to use a computer.
● Networking to opportunities in
career advancement and
access to technology resources.
● A certiﬁcate of completion
after ﬁnishing the program.
● Since our parents don’t have access to much tech
aside from using their phones, communication
digitally can be challenging
● Parents better reached through phone calls, ﬂyers,
and other tangible handouts - this builds rapport
and retention for programming
● Talking on the phone feels more personal, and
parents are more likely to answer
● Ex. Programs at HACA Sites
Now, it’s your turn
Chat with the person next to you
and ask these questions to each
What do you do to engage your
communities that you serve?
How do you cater to their needs?
Do you have new ideas on how to
engage your community?
1. How does your community like to
2. Does your community have language
3. Are your communities online, oﬄine, or
both? How do you stay connected?
Conclusion + Wrap-Up
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