[In-Person] Bridging the Digital Divide & Access to Equal Opportunity: A Roadmap for Growth Issue Forum

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

In the 21st century, digital access is not just a luxury but a necessity. The internet touches nearly every aspect of our daily lives — personal, academic, and professional. But as the world becomes increasingly digital, those on the wrong side of the digital divide are at a disadvantage.

According to the Pew Research Center, those in the Black and Latinx community are less likely to have access to a computer and broadband internet at home and more likely to depend solely on their smartphones. In Philadelphia, the racial and economic divide to digital access is very apparent — 22% of Latinxs and 15% of Blacks access the internet solely via a smartphone, compared to 9% of whites. Years of data show that offering broadband for free is not enough, as one in six Philadelphians remains unconnected even after years of public and private sector efforts.

Join us in person at Temple University for a crucial panel discussion to address the digital divide in our region and its impact on Black and Latinx neighborhood growth and recovery. Learn how improving accessibility to the internet will increase access to proper education, digital job training and opportunities, and telehealth, resulting in more equitable recovery and growth in these neighborhoods. Hear regional leaders’ perspectives on how initiatives such as the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) plan to address the digital divide and its potential significant influence on the future of digital accessibility for all.

Speakers to Date:

Dr. Jason Wingard, President, Temple University

Bret Perkins, Senior Vice President, External and Government Affairs, Comcast

Jonathan Latko, Executive Director of Finance and Business Administration for Information Technology Services, Temple University

Julia Hillengas, Executive Director, PowerCorpsPHL, EducationWorks, Inc.

Minta Spain, MD, Behavioral Health Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan


Parking Information 

Please park in the Liacouras Garage, located behind the Liacouras Center (Building 28). If using a navigation system, please use the address 1801 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122. This will direct you to the Liacouras Garage. The entrance to the lot is on 15th Street or a second entrance is located on Sydenham Street. 

The 1810 Building is a short walk from Liacouras Parking Garage. Upon exiting the garage, head north on 15th Street until you reach Montgomery Ave. Turn right onto Montgomery and walk east toward Liacouras Walk. This is a pedestrian walkway about half a block east of the Broad Street intersection. Turn left onto Liacouras Walk, and the 1810 Building will be on your left with the main entrance at the far end of the building. The building is directly across from Fox School of Business.

This Event is Closed


The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia strives to create an inclusive and equitable environment for all. If you have a disability and require accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please contact us here at least three business days in advance of the event. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Health & Safety Policy:
The Chamber will take precautions to ensure the health & safety of our guests, abiding guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) along with state and local laws. If you are ill, experiencing a fever, or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID within 5 days of the program/event, you may not attend in-person programs/events.

Registration/Cancellation Policy:
Pre-registration is necessary and payment is required upon registration. No refunds will be given one week prior to program/event. Substitutions may be made with at least 24-hour notice. For live events, walk-ins cannot be accommodated at this time. Tickets will be held at the door and reserved seating for tables of 10 only. For virtual programs, links are sent to pre-registered guests 24 hours prior to program/event via Outlook.

Attendee Policy:
Chamber programs/events are privately sponsored events with a structured format. No demonstrations or other disruptions will be tolerated. Violation of this policy may result in the attendee's removal from the premises or virtual program/event without refund, in addition to possible legal remedies.

Photo Policy:
Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional purposes in connection with the Chamber and its Councils.


Contact Andrew Fink at afink@chamberphl.com


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