Community Data Clinic receives Broadband Grant

UIUC SCHOOL OF INFORMATION SCIENCES: The Community Data Clinic, a mixed methods data studies and interdisciplinary community research lab led by Associate Professor Anita Say Chan, has received a $50,000 grant to address gaps in household access to computing devices, hotspot connectivity, and digital literacy skills in East Central Illinois. The grant is part of the state’s Broadband Regional Engagement for Adoption and Digital Equity (READY) program, which is operated through the governor’s office and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The Community Data Clinic at the University of Illinois is one of only four sites that are partnering with the state on this effort.

“Our award centers UIUC’s leadership in helping the state to expand civic infrastructures and ensure equity in access for Illinois’ diverse populations,” said Chan, who is a principal investigator on the grant along with Tracy Smith, director of research IT and innovation at Illinois.