The Transforming Immigrant Digital Equity (TIDE) project was born out of a critical need to engage and educate service providers and policymakers in three overlapping spaces: adult English language learning, digital equity and inclusion, and immigrant inclusion. Over the past two years, TIDE has designed and piloted an ecosystem model for equitable English language learning and digital resilience, supported adult education and immigrant service providers’ advocacy efforts around the Digital Equity Act of 2021, and uplifted successful models for technology-enabled learning.
Advocating for Digital Equity: A Facilitator Guide for Catalyzing Immigrant and Refugee Community Members builds on this work by supporting immigrants’ and refugees’ right to tell their own stories and lived experiences with the digital divide. For there to be equity in the English language learning and digital resilience ecosystem, we must center the experiences and expertise of adult immigrants and refugees, and recognize them as not only learners or recipients of services, but also co-designers, subject matter experts, community advocates, and perhaps most importantly, agents of change.
The guide is designed for adult education practitioners, staff at immigrant and refugee serving organizations, and other individuals who work directly with multilingual adult immigrant and refugee learners. It is organized into three modules: 1) Learning About and Reflecting on Digital Equity, 2) Collecting Data on Digital Equity, and 3) Using Storytelling for Advocacy.