Equitable Internet Initiative

The Equitable Internet Initiative is a collaboration between the Detroit Community Technology Project, Allied Media Projects, Grace in Action Collectives, NEWCC, and the Church of the Messiah's Boulevard Harambe Program.
In 2016, we began working together to ensure that more Detroit residents have the ability to leverage digital technologies for social and economic development.
EII Southwest is in the process of developing a worker owned, utility cooperative to continue to increase Internet access through the distribution of shared Gigabit Internet connections in and around Grace in Action while increasing internet knowledge by offering internet training to residents of Southwest Detroit.

Our Work

Internet Installation

We provide high speed fiber optic internet for qualifying residents in the immediate neighborhood surrounding Grace in Action.

Educational Workshops

We provide educational workshops for Southwest Detroit residents on the following:

  • Data Privacy and Security
  • Internet use 101
  • Google Docs 101
  • Social media use
  • Community wireless maintenance

Become a Sponsor!

Learn how you can sponsor a resident to enable them to continue to receive free and low-cost Internet service.

Who We Are

Nyasia Valdez

Digital Stewards Trainer

Nyasia is a community organizer and a lifelong resident of Southwest Detroit. She serves as both the Digital Stewards Trainer for Grace in Action Collectives and the Program Manager for Inside Southwest Detroit. She is interested in teaching community members about technology so they can have access and ownership to information. Nyasia loves hot sauce and is a jalapeño eating champ.

Rita Ramirez

Digital Steward

Rita is musician who is an active part of a Mariachi group in Southwest Detroit. She is also an International Studies Spanish and Communications major at the University of Michigan Dearborn. She believes that being a part of the Equitable Internet Initiative has helped her demystify technology to people in her neighborhood and even in her own family.


Digital Steward

Pacal is an install technician with EII and has his Ubiquity certification as a wireless administrator. Pacal is also a musician who is part of a band from Southwest Detroit and a talented guitarist. Pacal has been interested in technology and fixing thing as long as he can remember. Over the next year, Pacal hopes to be able to expand the wifi network to more parts of Southwest Detroit to benefit more residents.


Digital Steward

Karizma Valdez was born and raised in Southwest Detroit. She has been a Digital Steward in Southwest Detroit for the past 2 years. Karizma developed curriculum to train parents in Southwest Detroit to utilize social media to communicate locally and abroad which she will be training in the coming year. She goes to Henry Ford Community College and works most of the time. She believes that everyone should have equal and quality access to communication.


Digital Steward

Rosa Avendano is a lifelong resident of Southwest Detroit and a student at Baker college in Allen Park where she is majoring in Information Technology. Rosa is a youth program coordinator for Urban Neighborhood Initiative, where she’s dedicated her last few years working with youth. Rosa recently joined the EII team where she is applying her IT education to bring internet access to the neighborhood. Rosa loves animals, especially dogs and raccoons. She plans to continue her education and pursue a degree in either social work or human resources. As a student, she believes that internet access has become a fundamental necessity. Those who lack this vital resource are disadvantaged in the job market and are often left without access to community, health, and education services.