Techquity Advisory Council Application
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Techquity Advisory Council Application

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Available Positions

  • Total Seats: 15
  • Available Seats (as of May, 2022): 4-6 (pending current Council departures)

Position Overview

The Techquity Advisory Council (TAC) serves to advance the vision and strategies of Techquity, a collective impact initiative of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County (United Way). Techquity’s vision is to ensure the digital equity and inclusion of every resident in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties.

Techquity advances its vision by implementing four main strategies:

  1. Broadband: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable broadband service.
  2. Devices: Ensuring access to affordable, internet-capable devices.
  3. Skills: Ensuring access to essential digital skills and literacy training and resources.
  4. Advocacy: Using our collective voice to fight for the digital equity and inclusion of every member of our community.

There are no formal requirements for joining the TAC, save the approval of a TAC application, and a personal and professional commitment to advance digital equity and inclusion throughout our community. The TAC is comprised of community members with a wide variety of digital expertise and insight. Some TAC members may be experts in professional technology roles (e.g. a CIO, Director of IT, Technology Project Manager, Software Developer, etc.). Other members may be individuals with no formal digital or technological training, but who have important insights into how digital inequities impact our community.

Position Activities

TAC members are responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of a sustainable plan to achieve Techquity’s digital inclusion and equity goals in each of United Way’s four counties. TAC members will work with other council members, community members, and United Way staff to:

  • Identify those individuals, groups, and communities most adversely affected by digital inequities in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties.
  • Develop Techquity’s functions, benefits, strategies, goals, partners, projects, and new areas for tech-related investment in the effort to bridge the digital divide.
  • Identify problems and implement solutions related to the Access, Devices, Skills, and Advocacy strategies of the Techquity initiative.
  • Identify program and policy adjustments and focus areas based on the community’s most pressing needs and priorities.
  • On an as-needed basis, review grant applications and determine eligibility for funding.

Techquity Advisory Council Expectations

TAC members commit to advancing Techquity’s vision and strategies in the following ways:

  • Act as in-house advisor for Techquity by sharing expertise, perspective, and experiences with United Way’s Community Impact staff to further enhance the mission of United Way via the Techquity initiative.
  • Attend regularly scheduled (quarterly) TAC meetings. TAC members are expected to notify the Techquity Project Manager if/when they have a conflict preventing them from attending a quarterly meeting.
  • Participate in at least one of Techquity’s subcommittees (work groups) that meet on an ad hoc basis to advance one of Techquity’s four main strategies or a related project.
  • Be willing to engage in frank and candid discussions related to digital equity and inclusion, and the digital divide. 
  • Review materials prior to meetings, participate in discussions, and offer suggestions. 
  • Promote Techquity’s mission and opportunities for partnership within one’s personal and professional networks.
  • Conduct and/or assist in Techquity-related research and presentations as needed.
  • Be willing to discuss and disclose potential conflicts of interest.  

Time Commitment

TAC members should anticipate a monthly time commitment of three to seven hours:

  • 1-1.5 hour quarterly TAC member meetings.
  • 1-2 hour monthly subcommittee meeting.
  • Approximately 1-4 monthly hours of independent project work and/or research, event attendance, etc.

Application Due Date: Ongoing (The next round of applications will be considered/approved by Tuesday, May 31st, 2022.)

Application Notification Date: June 1st, 2022

Upcoming Meetings: Typically the last Thursday of the quarter from 7.30-8.45 a.m. (date/time subject to change for holidays, etc.)

Advisory Council Chair: Tim Schaefer

Questions? Contact David Berka at 414.263.8157 or email.


Application

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Have you previously volunteered with United Way in a leadership or advisory role?   Yes   No
If yes, when, for how long, and which role: 

 

Please describe your interest in the Techquity initiative and its strategies. Why is bridging the digital divide important to you?

Please describe how your experience, skills, and/or expertise would be an asset to a Techquity Advisory Council.

Is there one Techquity strategy in which you are especially interested or passionate about?  Please describe one idea or goal you have for advancing one or more of Techquity’s core strategies.

If seated on one of the Techquity Advisory Councils, would you commit to the council member requirements, including a monthly 1-1.5 hr. all-members meeting for the duration of your term?   Yes   No
If no, why?

Has your organization received funding or devices through the Techquity Initiative?  Yes  No 
If yes, please describe the circumstances.
 

Any additional comments you would like to add regarding Techquity or your desire to get involved?