Please join us for the Change Seminar this week on *Tuesday 12/5/2017* in *HUB

*Who: *Carmen Gonzalez (UW Dept of Communications)
*What:* *Digital Equity & Meaningful Connectivity*
*When:* Tuesday Dec 5th at 12pm
*Where: *HUB 214

*Abstract:* Close to 8 million U.S. children live with at least one
English-language learner parent. This means that many children are growing
up in bilingual families and likely perform the role of a child broker by
bridging their family’s access to information and resources. Expanding the
rich body of work on second-level effects of the digital divide, this
research presentation posits that digital inclusion is actually a spectrum
that can look different depending on family dynamics, self-efficacy, and
local environments. As more resources and services migrate online,
information-seeking and decision-making processes will likely become more
collaborative within families with varying language and technical
proficiencies—such a shift toward collective problem solving requires a
re-conceptualization of connectivity in the digital age.

Dr. Carmen Gonzalez is an assistant professor in the Department of
Communication at the University of Washington. Through community-based
research, she studies how families gain access to information and resources
that promote health, wellbeing, and resiliency. Her current work examines
the implications of digital equity for health and financial literacy. With
a focus on collaborative research and engaged scholarship, she works to
bridge university and community efforts that address various forms of
inequality. Gonzalez received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication, and B.A.
in Print Journalism and Chicano Studies from the University of Southern
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