EMPOWERMENT THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
There are over 79.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide; this is the largest refugee crisis in modern history, surpassing even World War II. Even though the United States leads the world in refugee resettlement capacity. It still takes an average of 7 years for a refugee to become self-sufficient, causing stress for both those who are resettled and the communities that welcome them.
One Digital World empowers refugees and asylum seekers worldwide by using technology to connect them with education and equipment essential to integration and self-reliance in a new country and culture. We do this by setting up computer labs inside refugee camps and migrant shelters and teaching our curriculum which aligns with UNESCO framework to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
Graduates may earn certifications from Typing.com and Microsoft.
Bill Hammond, IT Support Specialist
Bill is currently studying Linguistics and Computer Science at SDSU. He loves helping students navigate their journey to digital literacy.
Mike Clodfelter, Monitoring &
Evaluation Data Analyst
Mike has 6 years of experience as a Data Analyst.
Mike has a Masters in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
Thiare Mancilla-Gripka, Instructor
Thiare has 6 years of experience as an ESL instructor and 3 years as a computer instructor.
Thiare has developed her college education at Missouri State University to become a teacher.
Andres Ceballos, ESL Instructor
Andres has 6 years of experience as an ESL Instructor.
Andres has a certification in Teacher Training from the American-Colombian center in Bogota, Colombia.
Rene Mendes, IT Technician
Inspired by his Mexican family members to use his software and hardware knowledge to benefit asylum seekers in Mexico.
Marisa Perez, Computer Instructor
A graduate from UC San Diego, Marisa majored in Sociology and Political Science, with a passion for migrant rights and sharing knowledge.
Casey Myers, Executive Director
Casey has 5 years of experience in supporting refugees and asylum seekers.
She has a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from San Diego State University. She has a Masters in Social Innovation focused on Human Rights from the University of San Diego.
Christina Kauffman, ESL Instructor
Christina has 13 years of experience working as an ESL instructor.
She has a Bachelors in labor studies from Wayne State University, and a Masters of Liberal Arts, Sociology/Psychology from the University of North Carolina Asheville. She also has a Doctor of Juridical Science in International Justice for Refugees.
Claudia Ochoa Cabrero, Instructor & Executive Assistant
Claudia has 7 years of experience working as an instructor.
She has a Masters in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego.
Will Wu, Data Analysis
Will has 1 year experience as a refugee data analyst.
Will has a Masters of Science in Forensic Behavioral Science from Alliant University.
Victoria Scalo, Digital Marketing Coordinator
Victoria graduated from University of San Diego with her Masters in Peace and Justice. Her prior work experiences instilled in her a passion for working with refugees and asylum seekers. She strongly believes in communications and digital marketing as a way to build relationships and educate the public.
Josephine is a recent graduate from UC San Diego where she earned her Bachelor’s in English Literature and Minor in Ethnic Studies. After learning about the dynamics at the U.S.-Mexico border in her college courses, she hopes to use her skills in writing to help fundraise and bring Digital Literacy and ESL courses to more refugees and asylum seekers. Her goal is to eventually open her own school to bring education to underserved communities.
Danielle is a graduate student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where she is working on her joint Masters of Public Administration and Masters in International Education Management degrees. After spending time as an Education Peace Corps Volunteer teaching math in Ghana, she has made it her passion to assist out-of-school youth in developing themselves to become leaders in their communities. At ODW, Danielle will use her skills to help the organization with programmatic and development needs while also connecting with nonprofit professionals. Her goal is to one day start her own international non-profit to benefit disadvantaged youth.
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