Let's close the Digital Divide

The National Telecommunication Information Administration (NTIA) Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program awards California State Dominguez Hills $5.3 million to address the region's internet access and adoption issues.

Our Story:


California State University, Dominguez Hills, through the Closing the Divide with CSUDH Workforce Integration Networks (CSUDH-WIN) grant, empowers diverse students, communities, and businesses by bridging the digital divide and fostering equitable access to technology, skills, and opportunities. We drive social mobility and economic vitality by nurturing a pipeline of talent, conducting impactful research, and collaborating with key stakeholders to build a sustainable ecosystem of digital equity.

Key elements:

  • Focus on closing the digital divide: Emphasizes the project’s core objective of bridging the gap in technology access and skills.
  • Empowerment: Highlights the project’s aim to equip individuals and communities with the necessary tools and resources to succeed.
  • Diversity and inclusion: Underscores the commitment to serving a diverse student body and community members.
  • Social mobility and economic vitality: Connects the project’s goals to broader societal aims of upward mobility and economic growth.
  • Talent pipeline: Emphasizes the project’s contribution to developing a skilled workforce in the technology sector.
  • Impactful research: Recognizes the importance of research in informing future efforts towards digital equity.
  • Collaboration and sustainability: Building partnerships and creating a lasting positive impact.


California State University, Dominguez Hills envisions a future where communities thrive through equitable access to digital technologies and knowledge. We aspire to be a national leader in closing the digital divide, fostering inclusive innovation, and empowering citizens to become active participants in the digital age. Our efforts will create a vibrant ecosystem of opportunity where technological fluency opens doors to personal and professional advancement, contributing to a more just and prosperous society.

Key elements:

  • Equitable access: Reiterates the importance of a level playing field in the digital world.
  • Leadership in closing the digital divide: Positions CSUDH as a pioneer in bridging the technology gap.
  • Inclusive innovation: Emphasizes the need for technological advancements that benefit all communities.
  • Empowered citizens: Focuses on equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the digital landscape.
  • Vibrant ecosystem of opportunity: Envisions a future where technology drives prosperity and progress.
  • Personal and professional advancement: Connects the project’s goals to individual and societal progress.
  • Just and prosperous society: Frames the project’s efforts within the context of creating a better future for all.

The Team

WIN provides opportunities for students to gain project experience by partnering with classes to develop curriculum appropriate projects. WIN also hosts interns to develop the program. In the last year, over 50 students have participated in course based micro-internships or full semester internships with the department.

Dr. Alana Olschwang
AVP, University Effectiveness, Planning, & Analytics
Dr. Krystal Rawls
Program Director
Kawena DeOcampo
Operations Manager
Gina Brown Carlson
Program Coordinator
Liz De La Paz
Accounting & Administrative Analyst
Zack Ritter
Technology Coordinator