In early August, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City’s digital inclusion program hosted an All-Women Tech Workshop, pairing refugee women with 15 Pluralsight volunteers as they practiced computer basics and accessing web-based tools like Google Maps. Over the last year, the refugee women participated in other IRC programming, including ESL instruction, preparing them for the workshop. For their hard work, Pluralsight also donated laptops for the women participating.
Our digital inclusion programs help refugees participate in the ever-expanding digital world we live in, and make it possible for refugees and New Americans to leverage tech tools to meet their basic needs. The program is grounded in the principle that helping refugees to successfully use digital tools is a high-impact way to improve their general wellbeing as the use of technology spans the human experience. For example, technological applications can help refugees navigate public transportation, find key community resources including grocery stores, use online banking tools to improve financial management, leverage translation services while they build English language skills and much more. To ensure equitable opportunities for all, the digital inclusion program emphasizes access to technology and training for women and girls to ensure they are able to overcome barriers to success.
In addition to periodic workshops, the digital inclusion program oversees a group of Tech Mentor volunteers matched with refugee individuals and families to guide them through utilizing and accessing everyday technology. Over the last year, the IRC in Salt Lake City’s digital inclusion program provided refurbished computers to 130 refugee families and matched 40 families with tech mentors.
Partnerships with organizations like Pluralsight help us achieve a greater impact in the lives of refugees, especially as we collaborate to broaden our services, encourage volunteers to engage with refugee individuals, and place technology in the hands of those who will utilize it to positively integrate into our community.
Learn how your company can partner with programs like our digital inclusion programming by emailing us at SaltLakeCity [at] rescue.org.