A Society Beyond Blind Inclusion
Foreword by Susan B. Kretchmer
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Susan B. Kretchmer President, Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide
During the 2000 National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention exchanges of particular note took place between communication scholars and leaders of the primary constituencies at the forefront of the effort to bridge the digital divide. That unique dialogue led to the appointment by then NCA President Jim Applegate of the NCA Task Force on the Digital Divide of which I was Co-Chair along with Rod Carveth.
As part of our work, we wrote a number of articles for various scholarly association publications, including NCA’s monthly member newsletter Spectra. Shortly after one such Spectra piece in 2001, I received an email from a doctoral student at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She explained that she had read the article and was interested in NCA’s initiative as she was writing her dissertation on the digital divide and that her work stemmed from the experience of having recently volunteered as an instructor to low-income and unemployed participants in a program to bridge the gap. She asked that I let her know how she could “contribute to not only the discussion, but more importantly, any action as well.” That doctoral student was Joy Pierce.
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