A joint team from the University of Maryland Extension (UME) and the College of Information Studies (INFO) is leading the way toward helping more Maryland residents be digitally connected. In 2022, $6 million was awarded to UME (with INFO as a collaborator) as part of the Office of Statewide Broadband’s $400 million Connect Maryland initiative. Of the monies given, $2 million is going toward helping people sign up for broadband access and acquire devices, while $4 million is earmarked for digital literacy training, competency, and education initiatives.
Sophia Rodriguez, associate professor in the College of Education, is a member of the team leading Encuentros: A University-Community Partnership to Mitigate the Mental Health Crisis for Latino Immigrant Youth. This community-driven project, funded by a Grand Challenges Team Project Grant from the University of Maryland, will address mental health issues among low-income Latinx immigrant youth in Maryland to increase their sense of well-being, community and belonging.
From left: UEC team members Wesley Wiggins, Eric Burnstein, Nancy Mirabal, Willow Lung-Amam, Jacqueline Partida, and Julia Marchetti On Tuesday, October 3, 2023, the newly-launched Urban Equity Collaborative (UEC) at the University of Ma