Welcome to the 2020 Digital Inclusion Fellows! These eleven emerging leaders in our sixth cohort join the fellowship to hone their professional skills and develop new and enhanced digital literacy programs for adults.
These professionals from Alabama, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah work at nonprofits and social service agencies ranging from youth education to public libraries. Together they’re committed to empowering individuals and communities by helping them get online.
Emma Christina Hernández (she/her/ella) is the Program Manager executing the operations and services for the Latino Collection and Resource Center at San Antonio Public Library. In this role, she leads the charge in bringing Latinx literature to life by developing culturally responsive programs for all ages. Emma is a 2016 NTEN/Google Fiber Digital Inclusion Fellow, 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Indiana University where she focused on labor studies, social change, and community activism. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio and putting the "chola" back in scholar.
Erin has enjoyed a 15 plus year career in Workforce Development working for Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries being part of a team developing and providing job training services to the most vulnerable individuals in the community. Most recently Erin supported the development and launch of Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries Digital Skills program working closely with Goodwill Industries International® through its partnership with Google. Erin is a member of the United Way’s WILL Council, a group that supports women and children’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of women and she is a member of the United Way’s Special Transportation Committee which focuses on inclusive and accessible transportation for special populations. Erin has a Master’s in Business and Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology. She has lived in Southern Oregon her entire life where she enjoys training her horses for barrel racing, teaching horseback riding to people of all ages, and raising Border Collies.
Juntos Aprendemos Coordinator Gabriela Peden has dedicated her career to working with the Latino community since leaving college. Her past work includes serving as the Latino Services Specialist with the Deschutes public library, and extensive service as a board, and committee member for various community organizations and nonprofits that directly impact the Latino community in Central Oregon. She is passionate about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work as well as working directly with Latino families and organizations to break down barriers that exist in our education systems.
Gabriela is excited to be leading the Juntos Aprendemos program at the High Desert service District. A new program in Central Oregon to help 3-5-year-olds and their parents be ready for Kindergarten all in Spanish.
Josh Everett is the Education Specialist at Project Return, a nonprofit organization committed to helping people living a full and free life after incarceration. Josh graduated from Vanderbilt University, and he originally hails from Leeds, Alabama. Prior to working at Project Return, Josh worked in community organizing and helped build issue campaigns around criminal justice reform, healthcare, economic justice, and more. Since joining Project Return in 2019, Josh has helped administer and develop the job readiness curriculum and the hard skill classes.
Kayla Bradshaw is the Volunteer Center Manager at United Way of Utah County. As the volunteer center manager, she coordinates programs such as Digital Inclusion, Day of Caring, Sub for Santa, and other literacy efforts. Though relatively new to digital inclusion, Kayla helped Provo City receive an NTEN Trailblazer designation and has with United Way, lead the digital inclusion effort in Utah county.
As a native Utahn, Kayla has a love for the mountains and her family. She likes to try new things and meet people along the way. Her most recent efforts include cycling, rock climbing, participating as a violinist in a community symphony orchestra, gardening, and woodworking. Her passion is for people and serving them. In 2019 she spent six weeks in Moira Refugee Camp in Greece implementing a laundry system and providing educational programs. She is still on a break from pita bread.
As the new Tech Access Coordinator for the Kansas City Public Library, I am so excited to be a part of the Digital Inclusion Fellowship! The KC Public Library has been consistently expanding its program offerings for the last few years, so this fellowship will allow me the chance to be an integral part of that growth. Programming that can bridge the digital divide in Kansas City has to be dynamic, engaging, and available for every knowledge level, from beginner to expert. This means that there will be plenty of opportunities to improve our communication with our patrons and build out programs that best meet their needs. In my free time, I enjoy listening to podcasts, exploring the great outdoors, and playing board games with my friends.