Paula Whittaker Watkins

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Nominee for Digital Literacy and Skilling; Policy, Advocacy, and Ecosystem

What is your company and title?

CEC-The International School, Headmaster & CEO


Tell us why you’re best for the Digital Literacy and Skilling committee!

My focus is digital literacy and learning for students, parents, community members and particularly for the 99K in Detroit without a high school diploma as that impacts their life and the community at large.


Tell us why you’re best for the Advocacy and Ecosystem committee!

I am best to lead this committee because I believe in helping people in advocating for people. It is the core of who I am and what I do. I believe the elements of digital divide and internet inequality have deeply-rooted and complex intersect in social circumstance. Addressing the elements through advocacy and ecosystem is essential.


Why are you interested in serving on a Connect 313 Committee? What do you hope to gain from the experience? 

I am interested in serving to make a dynamic positive impact on Detroit. I hope to gain a sense of success because I helped to make a profound positive difference.


What is your vision for bridging the digital divide in Detroit?

My vision for bridging the digital divide involves overcoming to enable equality. What aspects are involved in that overcoming? Bridging involves overcoming aspects that include, but are not limited to, internet inequality, digital illiteracy, generational digital gaps, household and family resource inadequacies, and career/work unreadiness. My vision is to achieve internet equality, digital literacy, generational digital wholeness, neighborhood leveling, household and family resource adequacies, and career/work readiness.


Please share your current community activities and/or volunteer work.

Work with youth and young adults and older adults so they achieve graduation and their high school diploma; serve on a city library Friends Board to increase interest in reading and library; work on a community Foundation Board to provide scholarships, leadership development and support of senior/seasoned citizens


Please share any of your current committee or Board memberships.

AKA Foundation of Detroit Board member (previously secretary) 4 years; Highland Park Chamber of Commerce-Board President (previously chair Education Committee) 5 years; The Pierians, Inc. Detroit Chapter-arts philanthropic organization-current Chapter President-member 5 years; Inkster Friends of the Library Board-6 months


Please share any skills, experience, or interests that you may have. 


Outreach / Advocacy

Board Experience

Community Service

Grant Writing

Nonprofit Experience

Education / Training

Public Speaking

Empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of others)

Relationship Building + Management

Leadership / Coaching Skills

Time Management

Project Management

Facilitation Skills