GCI supports Community Conversations to make sure Alaskans feel connected
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider, has committed $14,500 to the Alaska Black Caucus’ (ABC) Community Conversations program to support constructive, ongoing dialogues around diversity, equity, and inclusion in Alaska.
The ABC supports efforts to help advance the educational, cultural, political, and economic well-being of Alaska’s African American community and acts as a liaison for various minority interest groups within the state. The ABC will use the funds to expand the reach and impact of its Community Conversations program, a series that features conversations with a wide range of Alaska leaders including Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, ABC Founder Dr. Louie Overstreet, Rasmuson Foundation CEO Diane Kaplan, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, State Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson, Indigenous Consultant Yaari Walker, and others.
“Now, more than ever, it is important for Alaskans to have a forum to come together and discuss issues in a productive way,” said GCI Chief Communications Officer Heather Handyside. “We have far more things in common than issues that divide us, and programs like the ABC’s Community Conversations can help strengthen our community by creating opportunities for Alaskans to find common ground on important issues.”
“With support from GCI, the Alaska Black Caucus will continue to inspire and support positive change, equity, and justice,” said Alaska Black Caucus CEO & President Celeste Hodge. “We expect more than a thousand additional attendees to the Alaska Black Caucus' live discussions of community issues, including physical and mental health, business and economic empowerment, race and racism, justice, culture, education, and other important topics in the coming year.”
GCI is one of Alaska’s leaders in corporate philanthropy, donating approximately $2 million each year in cash, products, and connectivity to organizations across the state. GCI is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations. In 2020, more than 320 GCI employees volunteered over 2,900 hours with local non-profit organizations across the state.
For more information about the GCI Gives program, visit http://www.gci.com/why-gci/gcigives.
Headquartered in Alaska, GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer, business, government, and carrier customers throughout Alaska, serving more than 200 communities. The company has invested more than $3 billion in its Alaska network and facilities over the past 40 years and recently launched true standards-based 5G NR service in Anchorage, now the nation’s northernmost 5G service area. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband Corporation (Nasdaq: LBRDA, LBRDK, LBRDP). Learn more about Liberty Broadband at http://www.libertybroadband.com.