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“Digital Equity in Colorado: High-Speed Internet Access and More”

WHEN:  Monday, September 20th, 1:30 – 3:00pm, Mountain Time

WHERE: Zoom Online – Free, but preregistration required

Antonio Martinez, Executive Director, Colorado Broadband Office,
Governor’s Office of Information Technology

Susan Hakanson, Executive Director
Durango and Cortez Adult Education Centers

Michael Bevis | Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Denver Economic Development and Opportunity

Antonio Martinez Susan Hakanson Michael Bevis

Sponsored by the Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum


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Digital Equity is a state in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy. Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.
National Digital Inclusion Alliance

The three key components of digital equity include:

  • Access to affordable, high-speed internet
  • Access to affordable, web-enabled technology
  • Access to relevant and high quality, effective training and support for digital skill development and use
    Digital Literacy and Inclusion Initiative, Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment

Antonio Martinez is the second-ever Executive Director to lead the Colorado Broadband Office, which is in the Governor’s Office of Information Technology. When appointed to this position in Feb. 2021 he noted, “Becoming Executive Director of the Colorado Broadband Office is an absolute privilege. It allows me to focus my years in public service on providing vital broadband to the underserved communities in my native state.”  A fifth generation Colorado native from the San Luis Valley, Antonio has served in a myriad of military service and federal leadership positions. He is now continuing the state’s efforts to grow strong public and private sector relationships in communities to support broadband expansion throughout Colorado. Learn more about Antonio here.

Susan Hakanson has served as Executive Director of the Durango and Cortez Adult Education Centers since 2019. She also serves on the Policy Working Group of the statewide Digital Literacy and Inclusion Subcommittee. “A Colorado native, Susan brings extensive experience in public relations, grant writing, fundraising, communications, as well as project and fiscal management to the [Durango] Center. She served on the Roaring Fork School District Board for nearly a decade with many terms as its president. She attended Fort Lewis College and earned a Masters in public policy and leadership from the University of Colorado Denver.” —The Durango Herald (8/21/2019).

Michael Bevis is an entrepreneur and business professional who is driven to help others reach their full potential. His talents and experiences encompass business marketing, leadership, personal branding, and higher education. Michael is an industrial and organizational psychologist with additional graduate degrees in finance and marketing. Michael currently manages all things related to entrepreneurship and innovation for the city and county of Denver. He also is leading the development of Denver’s Digital Equity Plan. Michael also is the founder and CEO of KoolSkinz, a pet product company specializing in Pet Performance Wear. He has started three non-profits and serves as a board member for several others.

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2020-2021 OVERVIEW:
Many thanks to our outstanding speakers this past program year! Summary, details and slides of each in the next tab “Recent Forums”

SEP — **TOWARD A LIFE-CENTERED ECONOMY: From the Rule of Money to the Rewards of Stewardship: “
John Lodenkamper, Paul Alexander, Pete Baston, Judith Streit

OCT — **Election Reform and Ranked Choice Voting:
Terrance Carroll, Linda TemplinSarah McCarthy

NOV — Democracy in a Time of Un-Truth:
Tamim AnsaryGeorge DeMartinoLynn Schofield Clark 

JAN — Moving Ahead on Climate Change: U.S., World, Colorado:
Phil NelsonRobert YoungbergMarie Venner

FEB — Moving Ahead on Climate Change with Diverse Leadership:
Isabel MendozaSonrisa LuceroGabriel OteroTezcatli Diaz 

MAR — Forests: Lungs of Our Planet and Cities:
Dana Coelho, Jorge Figueroa, Ian Leahy, 

APR — Regenerative Agriculture: Healthy Soils and Working Lands:
Max NeumeyerHelen SilverLesli Allison

MAY — ***Food Systems and Food Insecurity in Colorado: click here for video link
Julia Char Gilbert,  Wendy Moschetti, Becca Jablonski,

**Indicates that videos are available on the EEEForum Channel on YouTube, along with videos from four earlier Forums.
*** Indicates the recording of the May 24th Forum on Food Insecurity and Food Systems in Colorado is not accessible on the EEEForum YouTube Video list – click here for video link

The EEE Forum will resume in September; the date (on a Monday) and topic are to be determined.

We welcome suggestions for speakers, themes, and other ways in which the Forum can continue to provide a civil space for timely, informative presentations with audience interaction. 

Have a great summer!

 Please share this announcement with others who may be interested. For information about the purpose of the EEE Forum and recent themes and speakers, visit the Forum website or contact Forum Founder and Convener David Carlson.

ALL September 2020 through May 2021 forums info moved to next tab “Recent Forums”

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