Close the Digital Divide,
One Community at a Time

We envision a future where every community is thriving. 

Where every community are the creators of their own futures.

OUR PROJECTS

Envisioning a world

free of injustice.

Connect Across Tacoma’s Digital Stewards program trains neighborhood leaders in the technical and community organizing skills necessary to create and maintain critical Internet networks and create thriving digital futures for their communities. This includes training in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, internet infrastructure, technology skills, collaborative research, fund development, outreach, mutual aid, and community organizing. Our Digital Stewards also train in emergency response and preparedness (mental health first aid, CPR) so they can help their communities build their own solutions in a variety of circumstances.

Whether you’re an aspiring tech enthusiast, a committed community advocate, contemplating a career shift towards tech, an elder eager to learn new skills and find employment, or someone who has faced unemployment or underemployment for years seeking a new path, our program welcomes you. We offer a supportive environment where you can thrive, opening doors to a world of digital possibilities and providing the understanding you need to succeed.

If the price were right and you had some help, would you want to grow your own food? BBR’s Community Tech Farm Hubs has a goal to feed 1000 community members with community-run technology by 2026. We are training community members on how to secure funding that will allow us to provide farm hub kits at no cost to the community farmers.

The Connect Across Tacoma project accelerates outreach, training, and wireless high-speed Internet sharing in Tacoma, Pierce County, and south King County neighborhoods. We also have devices and internet coupons for eligible low-income community members.

We offer highlighting the best in technology, art, news, entertainment, health, and more. We feature inspiring figures and local voices for the celebration of our community.
If you have something you want to share with your community, we want to hear from you! Join us and talk about what brings you local pride and joy.

About Us

We’re not just bridging the digital divide; we’re erasing it through Digital Justice via Participatory Action Research and Digital Equity solutions.

With a team of dedicated community partners and experts, we are empowering communities across the country. Our initiatives are creating job opportunities, fostering digital literacy, and providing internet access where it’s needed the most.

What We Do

Together, we advance participatory action research, empowering communities to be the architects and stewards of the digital solutions that shape their lives.

Our work transcends the mere provision of technology; it reimagines the realms of creation, innovation, and leadership in the digital sphere, actively forging a just and equitable digital future for all.

We Lead

by pioneering groundbreaking research projects, setting a precedent for inclusive, community-driven approaches to combat digital inequities and misinformation, and steering the narrative towards a future where every voice is heard and valued.

We Educate

through our innovative Digital Stewards program and participatory research initiatives, fostering digital skills and equitable economic growth, and counteracting the effects of historical public disinvestment.

We Care

by dismantling digital divides to foster a landscape where every community member can access and utilize digital resources effectively. Our dedication is not just to connect, but to empower, ensuring digital justice is woven into the very fabric of community well-being.

We Bolster

The resilience and long-term sustainability efforts for community, leading a collective march towards a future where digital equity is the cornerstone of community empowerment.

We Dream

in a Diverse, Celebrated Word, where every community’s success through digital equity and reinvestment marks our shared prosperity and collective growth.

We Build

by establishing robust broadband infrastructure and comprehensive digital equity programs, making technology safely accessible and navigable for communities shaped by diverse lived experiences.

Our Numbers That Speak

Quantifying Our Passion for Progress

We’re driven by measurable impact; numbers that serve as milestones, pushing us to break our own records and reach new heights every day. 

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Community Researchers Trained
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Digital Steward Cohorts
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Dr. Shaun Glaze

Research Director & CEO Black Brilliance Research

Our Leadership

Leadership is at the core of our impact. Steering numerous research initiatives, we’ve been the guiding force in uncovering insights, fostering digital justice, and shaping participatory budgeting to uplift communities.

Learn more about our community building work

At the heart of our work lies a profound commitment to digital justice, a pursuit that threads through every initiative, every training session, and every community we touch. We don’t just provide tools; we nurture the seeds of empowerment and watch them flourish into robust networks of knowledge and innovation. Our journey is about transforming the digital landscape into an equitable, accessible, and nurturing environment, where every voice has the power to echo across the digital divide and shape the future.

Meet Our Team

Our philosophy is simple — hire a team of diverse, passionate people and foster a culture that empowers you to do your best work.

Dr. Shaun Glaze

Research Director & CEO

Eric Glaze

Engineering Manager

Christopher Webb

Internet Access and Digital Equity Research Team Lead

Mandee Figueroa

Creative Director

Hannah Jirah Abao

Communications Associate

Loren Jones

Operations Specialist

John Sim

Research Assistant

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We’re architects of change, crafting more than just programs—we’re forging connections to new horizons.

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