Connecting in Crisis: COVID-19

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As we all continue to find unique ways to move our work forward during the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute for Emerging Issues acknowledges that health and well-being is the top priority. 

We understand the concerns and uncertainty North Carolinians and people across the world may be experiencing right now and we want to do our part to help with the information gathering and sharing. This webpage will showcase some of the great work that is happening across our state and within our communities. 

Each Thursday, Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of the ways our state is responding.

Special thank you to our First in Future: Connecting in Crisis Zoomcast Sponsor

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Connecting in Crisis Part 6, Getting Every Home Connected: U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC 1st District), NC Rep. Josh Dobson (District 85), Angela Siefer (Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance) and Amy Huffman (Digital Inclusion and Policy Manager, NC Broadband Infrastructure Office)
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Connecting in Crisis Part 5, Food and Hunger Concerns: Mike Darrow, Executive Director, Feeding the Carolinas, Tessa Thraves, Farm to School Coordinator, NC State University Center for Environmental Farming Systems and Sarah Blacklin, Program Director for NC Choices, NC State University Center for Environmental Farming Systems as we discuss food and hunger in North Carolina during the crisis.
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Digital Inclusion Information

As an extension of our work on the ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity Emerging Issues Forum and in response to COVID-19, IEI is creating a digital inclusion resource hub. This resource hub will provide the latest digital inclusion news and will highlight resources, promising practices, policy, and community responses to the digital divide in the wake of COVID-19.


Helpful Resources



Community Stories


Federal and State Policy News

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NC State University Response


Official Guidance