ASU+GSV: Carmita Semaan on the opportunity for post-pandemic change

WorkingNation interviews leaders in public, private, and nonprofit spheres attending the ASU+GSV Virtual Summit as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard campaign

Carmita Semaan remains hopeful that the education ecosystem and the workplace will improve as the pandemic has highlighted long-existing discrepancies young people face in terms of technology, and that working parents face juggling jobs that aren’t a living wage, and are now virtually teaching students.

WorkingNation interviewed Semaan, founder and president of the Surge Institute, for #WorkingNationOverheard as a media partner with ASU+GSV’s Virtual Summit 2020, held September 29 through October 1+October 8. You can watch all of the interviews on our YouTube channel.

Semaan says, “I think we’re facing, as a country, a reckoning, and an elevation of what has existed for a generation.” She sees innovative thinking happening around solutions to making tech available to students.

She says what’s happening now is a growing national consciousness that families, students, and communities are facing.

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