What is the Information Equity Initiative?

The Information Equity Initiative (IEI) is a non-profit organization that believes everyone needs access to high quality digital learning resources, regardless of geography or income, if they are to compete and thrive.

To advance this vision, IEI is helping teachers reach across the digital divide and engage students in dynamic, 21st century learning environments through the broadcast spectrum of PBS member stations, which reaches over 97% of the US population. For 50+ years, the spectrum has been used to deliver educational television programming, but today it can also be adapted to deliver customized classroom content and digital resources that are normative in households with high-speed or broadband internet access. As a result, millions of primarily rural and low-income students will have better educational outcomes.

IEI was created in 2021 by three PBS member organizations (WITF in Harrisburg, PA; PBS39 in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, PA; and SCETV in South Carolina) whose constituents are disproportionately impacted by the digital divide and information access inequity. IEI’s technology partner is Signal Infrastructure Group.

While our primary focus is on preschool and K-12 students, as well as justice-involved youth and adults, our model has the capacity to affordably and rapidly address information access issues in a wide range of fields, including workforce readiness and public health. Pioneered domestically, IEI has transformational potential internationally.

Crossing the Digital Divide

Leadership

Erik Langner

CEO of Information Equity Initiative

Tim Fallon

IEI Board Member and President & CEO of WLVT

Dr. Stephanie Frazier

IEI Board Member and Assistant General Manager of SCETV

Ron Hetrick

IEI Board Member and President & CEO of WITF

 

Diversity Statement

The diversity of our workforce is essential and we are committed to diversity and inclusion throughout our organization to ensure a wide range of experiences, perspectives, and skills to provide better solutions, drive innovation and creativity, and enhance decision making.

Diversity is a mission imperative and we are continuously focusing on creating a culture of inclusion that values each individual and promotes collaboration and fairness.

Our objectives include:

  • Securing a high-performing workforce drawn from diverse locations and backgrounds.
  • Creating a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness to enable individuals to contribute to their full potential, feel valued, and supported.
  • Making diversity and inclusion one of our strategic priorities, through continued leadership commitment, accountability, and total workforce engagement.

Ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce enables our organization to be more responsive to our stakeholders and better equipped to fulfill our mission. Achieving diversity and inclusion at our organization is a team effort and we expect and encourage employees to contribute to this goal. Together, we support a workplace that offers every individual the opportunity to attain professional goals and contribute to accomplishing our mission.