Building Digital Inclusion With Community Engagement
NTEN courses run for one week and are offered twice a year.
Apply public participation planning to solve issues of public concern.
Describe social equity concerns in civic engagement.
Describe different types of public participation scenarios and tactics.
Community engagement is a vital contribution that leads to the development of locally-driven programs and advocacy for digital inclusion. Community engagement is the strongest form of needs assessment for informing programs. In addition, community engagement strategies provide research and data to convince local, state, and federal policymakers and multi-sector leaders to collaborate and invest in closing the digital divide. Participants are introduced to the role an engaged citizenry plays in strategies to increase adoption, trends in engagement, the reasons behind these trends, and how to communicate these findings. They will also learn approaches to understanding community needs, and increasing social equity through a focus on principles of inclusivity. The second half of the course provides students with the strategies and skills to plan effective public participation.
Autumn Glover, is an urban planner passionate about the intersection of race, place, and health. She has worked at Ohio State and Wexner Medical Center for more than ten years in progressive leadership roles including strategic planning, community, and local government partnerships. Currently, she serves in a dual role with Wexner Medical Center and Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT). She leads multiple civic and community engagement projects for the medical center, including the development of a prevention-focused healthy community center and an enterprise-wide health equity and anti-racism strategy. She is a founding staff member of PACT, currently serving as President of the nearly ten-year-old nonprofit “community quarterback.”
PACT is a nonprofit focused on the disruption of intergenerational poverty and the creation of a mixed-income community through strategic program and project investments, with an emphasis on housing, education, economic impact, and health. She is responsible for the design and implementation of PACT’s award-winning community engagement process and the development of the PACT Blueprint for Community Investment. This work resulted in more than $220 million dollars of program and capital investments including $30 million in HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Implementation grants.
She teaches in Ohio State’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs and serves the Columbus community as a board member and volunteer through a number of organizations. Autumn lives in Columbus with her husband and daughter.
Earn While You Learn - Professional Credits
In addition to our own Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, NTEN is an approved provider for a number of other professional credentials programs. This course qualifies for the following credits: