2023 Insitute on Digital Equity



  • Applications must be received by August 18, 2023.
  • Initial notification of selection decisions will be sent by August 18, 2023.
  • Final notification of selection decisions will be sent by August 22, 2023.

Institute Teams

Generally speaking, we anticipate two types of teams will apply to participate in this institute:

  1. Those from a single campus seeking to improve digital equity for their students and constituents. Teams from a single campus should include a diverse set of colleagues. They may include a senior academic officer, faculty members, IT leaders, learning technologies professionals, center for teaching and learning staff, student affairs leaders, researchers, evaluation specialists, and/or partners from beyond their campus.
  2. Teams consisting of multiple organizations aspiring to leverage the resources, leadership, and expertise of higher education to further local, regional, or state-level digital equity efforts. Teams of numerous organizations might include those mentioned above from one or more campuses. The team would also have partners beyond the campus. It may consist of community-based organizations, libraries, public leaders, state broadband officers, state higher education officials, senior centers, device refurbishers, and housing authorities, to name a few. For any team of this type, the team must include at least one team member from a higher education institution or entity to be eligible to participate in this institute.

The institute will support both types of teams described above fully. Although not restricted, a typical team minimum size would consist of five individuals.


The online application consists of an information section and includes the following prompts:

  • Describe what led your team to apply to the institute.
  • Summarize your team’s most recent efforts to develop or promote digital equity, including which individuals or groups were involved.
  • What are some of the resources or political issues at play in your context regarding digital equity?
  • How would participation in the Institute on Digital Equity align with current strategic priorities?
  • Identify 3–5 specific goals you hope to accomplish by participating in the institute. What are your metrics for success?
  • What are your top three needs or concerns related to digital equity in your context?
  • What is the rationale for your team’s composition?
  • What do you believe your team can contribute to others participating in the institute?
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For questions or additional information about the Institute on Digital Equity, please email [email protected].