Closing the Divides: A Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion

Aspen Institute

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

As COVID has accelerated the movement to “remote everything,” the digital exclusion of historically marginalized groups is facing crisis proportions. In response, the National Urban League, working with other civil rights organizations and public policy experts, is unveiling the Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion, a detailed and comprehensive agenda to deploy networks everywhere, connect everyone, and use the networks to improve how we deliver essential services for workforce development, healthcare, and education. 


Marc H. Morial is President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization. As Mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002, Morial led New Orleans’ renaissance, and left office with a 70% approval rating. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and African American Studies, he also holds a law degree from the Georgetown University. Marc has played a major role in shedding a light on the needs of Black America during the COVID-19 crisis. From partnering with universal brands like the National Basketball Association to advocating for a balanced recovery on Capitol Hill, Marc is driving change for families who need it the most. 

Vivian Schiller is the Executive Director of Aspen Digital. A longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology, Schiller has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organizations in the world. Those include: President and CEO of NPR; Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of; Chief Digital Officer of NBC News; Chief of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and Head of CNN documentary and long form divisions. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys. Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian.