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2019 CASE Summit Tackles Digital Divide


Charlotte, N.C.- Thursday, November 14, 2019 through Saturday, November 16, 2019 leadership from North Carolina’s and South Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and HBCU stakeholders will meet at Johnson C. Smith University’s New Science Center for the 6th Annual Carolinas Alliance for Success in Education (CASE) Summit.

Sixth Annual Carolinas Alliance for Success in Education CASE SummitUniversity Presidents, Chief Information Officers and librarians will join in critical conversations around this year’s CASE theme, Collective Impact Investing: Business Case for HBCU Digital Development. Register today!

In an October 23rd Marketplace report entitled “Rural America is an Internet Desert,” it was stated that there is a need for high-quality, low-cost broadband access for residents.  “Many of our HBCUs reside in both urban and rural areas,” Dr. Diane Bowles, Chair of the 6th Annual Case Summit said. “The government years ago took a part in building physical highways. Now the digital highway system is being built by private companies with responsibilities to shareholders. Who will ensure that everyone has access to reliable, financially accessible broadband and eliminate the digital divide?”  This year’s CASE provides a platform for discussing how a network of connected “Smart HBCUs” might address this question through collective impact investing.   Jesse. F. Russell, Member, FCC Technological Advisory Council and Christopher Bourne, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Innovation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will join pre-Summit participants in a critical conversation around solutions.

For instance, by bringing Carolina HBCUs together and sharing information, such as the availability of financial funding to build the digital infrastructure within Opportunity Zones, HBCUs can become leaders in supporting vulnerable communities that still lack access to high speed internet.

About the 2019 CASE Summit, President Armbrister says he understands that the purpose of this year’s discussion is to “embrace sharing, building, and leveraging resources as a model within our state, across HBCUs and across the Carolinas so that we become role models as force-multipliers in broadband diffusion and digital literacy.” Join the conversation by registering!

The Summit kicks-off at 1:00pm on Thursday and ends at 4:30pm on Saturday. During that time, the summit will feature President Clarence D. Armbrister in a discussion with other University Presidents and Chancellors, and Ms. Diane Rinaldo, Dr. Francine Alkisswani, and Ms. Maureen Lewis of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Johnathan M. Holifield, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs will also be present in addition to Jesse. F. Russell, Chairman and CEO of incCommunications Solutions, Inc. and Christopher Bourne, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Innovation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Community Conversations will also take place “Equitable Growth or Gentrification? JCSU and the Historic West End Community in the ‘New Charlotte’,” and “Inclusive Tech Based Economic Development” Empowered HBCU Leaders of Change: Putting Thoughts into Action, Enhancing HBCU Competitiveness in NSF Programs, Enhancing Innovation at HBCUs for Community and Economic Development Charlotte Case Study: Opportunity Zones and Equitable Development.

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Register today! or View the full schedule and speaker bios!

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