ATLANTA, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE) today announced the appointment of Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, Ph. D., to its Board of Advisors. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto serves as Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research.
Dr. DeFrancesco Soto’s research focuses on race and ethnic politics, immigration, and campaigns and elections. Her academic research has been widely published in scholarly journals and edited volumes. Her current work examines how Latino political candidates are evaluated by both Latino and non-Latino populations. Her research and teaching portfolio links race and ethnicity with political psychology to understand how ‘cognition’ and ‘affect’ shape how individuals process information in dynamic political environments.
Dr. DeFrancesco Soto also brings public opinion expertise to understanding presidential elections. Presently, Dr. DeFrancesco Soto is examining how the 2008 presidential campaign ads shaped public opinion and vote choice. In this analysis, she applies an Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) approach to understanding how ethnically targeted ads influence political choice. In 2008, Dr. DeFrancesco Soto was Northwestern’s University principal investigator for the Big Ten Battleground Poll, a public opinion survey of voters for the 2008 Presidential Election.
In addition to her current role at Northwestern, Dr. DeFrancesco Soto is in the media sphere, regularly contributing to national media outlets. In 2008, she served as a primary expert and analyst for CNN en Espanol’s 2008 Presidential Election coverage. She has also been featured on the Today Show and NPR.
“Dr. DeFrancesco Soto is one of the most innovative thought leaders on Latino trends in our society today. She will be a tremendous asset to the ADE in our outreach to the Latino community,” said Julius H. Hollis, ADE Chairman.
As part of its mission of “empowering communities across the digital divide,” The ADE will continue to bring together elected officials, consumers and the business community to educate minority communities about the importance, as well as the benefits of broadband usage. This national effort will continue in cities across the country to ensure that all Americans – regardless of their race, ethnicity or income – are empowered to join the digital revolution.
The ADE has launched Digital Empowerment Councils in Charleston, South Carolina, Houston, Texas, Detroit, Michigan, Miami, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, Boston, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois. Over the next 24 months, the ADE will expand its Councils to 18 additional cities across the country.
About The Alliance for Digital Equality — Founded in 2007, The Alliance for Digital Equality is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization that serves to facilitate and ensure equal access to technology in underserved communities. The Alliance also serves as a bridge between policymakers and minority individuals in order to help the public understand how legislative and regulatory policies regarding new technologies can impact and empower their daily lives. For more information on The Alliance for Digital Equality, please visit http://www.alliancefordigitalequality.org.
SOURCE Alliance for Digital Equality