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About Us

OUR MISSION

The mission of Bridges for Digital Literacy is to help bridge the digital divide in low-income communities and promote digital literacy through innovative engineering and public policy initiatives.

 
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Leadership

Our nonprofit is led by a team of young leaders representing multiple academic disciplines passionate about bridging the digital divide in communities at home and abroad.

 
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Paolo Arguelles

President, Director of Science & Tech Policy

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Starting college at age 14, Paolo Arguelles received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal State LA. He earned his master's degree from Cornell University, where he worked on cutting-edge research in robotics and aerospace nanotechnology. Paolo is the founder of Bridges for Digital Literacy.

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Monserrat Ramirez-Mendoza

Director of Public Policy

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Monserrat Ramirez-Mendoza is a staff member at the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA, where she helps manage the James R. Galbraith Fellowship. Her past work includes organizing candidate debates, conferences, and research initiatives.

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Isabelle Ortiz-Luis

Director of Global Development

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Isabelle Ortiz-Luis received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Global Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a proud Filipino-American, Isabelle is committed to advocating for inclusion, equity and representation in every space she occupies. 

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Anthony Karambelas

Editorial Director

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Anthony is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago and former Early Entrance Program (EEP) student at Cal State LA. His passion for the written word will take him to Berlin next year, where he will hone his reportage as a Fulbright scholar. 

 
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What We Do

We believe that the more people are able to use technology to shape the world, the better. Operating at the intersection of engineering and policy, our work is dedicated to help those disadvantaged by the digital divide.

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Paolo Arguelles
President, Director of STEM Policy

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Isabelle Ortiz-Luiz
Director of Global Development

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Monserrat Ramirez-Mendoza
Director of Public Policy

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Anthony Karambelas
Board Member

Innovation Initiative
Our Innovation Initiative comprises the scientific research and development division of the nonprofit. It's mission is to promote more civic mindfulness in engineering and more innovation in public policy. Projects currently in development include (click
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Project Sunspot: A Solar-Powered Library Hotspot for No-Internet Areas
Solar-powered library hotspots to provide access to millions of educational resources for rural schools without Internet or reliable electricity

Smart Cookies: A Wireless Sensor Ecosystem for STEM Education
A wireless sensor ecosystem that aims to bring STEM education to low-income communities using mesh networking and lab-on-a-chip technology

Publications
We seek to better understand the digital divide, especially its impact on students and local communities. We produce and showcase scholarly work from experts and students, particularly focusing on matters related to the digital divide and the promotion of digital literacy. Our goal is to provide analysis and resources that can help guide operational policy and inform other charitable efforts.
 
Bars Behind Bars: Digital Technology in the Prison System
This paper explores how promoting digital literacy in prisons can benefit American taxpayers.

Global Development Initiative (GDI)
We are currently partnering with Hospicio de San Jose, an orphanage in the Philippines, to provide children with impoverished backgrounds access to remote learning technology during the pandemic. Eventually, we hope to expand our program by providing scholarship funds for students disadvantaged by the digital divide and help students in other parts of the world gain access to technology.

United States and Local Initiatives
We plan to partner with other local non-profit organizations in the United States, particularly in the Los Angeles area, to help subsidize the cost of remote learning and facilitate the distribution of remote hotspots and laptops for low-income families. We also plan on conducting outreach to improve STEM education opportunities for K-12 students.