Our Story

 
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In Loving Memory of David E. Glover

1952-2013

 

David E. Glover (Executive Director of Occur 1988 - 2013) devoted his life to ensuring that the infinite potential of technology innovation was accessible to everyone, especially low-income people of color. For him, the rise of the digital divide represented the 21st century manifestation of the racial and economic divide and, if properly addressed, the possibility of full inclusion could be realized.

In 1997, he opened the Eastmont Computing Center — a space where low-income adults could learn basic computer literacy for job readiness. After the passing of David E. Glover in 2013, the Eastmont Computing Center was renamed as the David E. Glover Education and Technology Center in his honor with a mandate to perpetuate David’s legacy of bringing the world’s most exciting innovations to the people that need them the most. 

Today, The Glover Center has become an essential onramp to the region’s emerging technology-driven economy as the first rung on the ladder of opportunity for low-income people of color.  We are a makerspace for communal innovation, putting making and engineering back into the hands of East Bay communities. As technology continues to evolve, we are dedicated to providing our community with the tools to be successful in the tech industry and beyond.  

 

OUR PROGRAMs

 
 
 
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DIGITAL LITERACY PROGRAM (ADULTS & SENIORS)

The Adult Computer Literacy Program provides participants with essential computer skills training classes and exposure to commonly used software applications. Additionally, adult students are offered various progressive skills training and job readiness workshops on advanced business software applications e.g., website building, Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Quickbooks and more. Browse our classes and sign up here.

 

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

The Emerging Technology Program at the David E. Glover Education & Technology Center provides an exploratory learning environment for ages 12 and up. Students have the opportunity to learn creative coding, video game design, VR/AR, artificial intelligence, robotics, circuitry, and fashion technology with an emphasis on social justice.

Our Intro to Emerging Technology Class for Seniors gives older adults a fun introduction to design, coding, and making through free softwares. Classes explore a new emerging tech topic every week.

Our After School Program covers subjects like Intro to Video Game Design, Intro to Animation, Creative Coding, and Chatbots. Classes meet on specific days M-F from 4pm-6pm. Browse our class listings and sign up here.

Our School Partnerships Program works with schools in the East Bay to provide free day-time programming to middle and high school students at the center, as well as technology and design internships for high school students throughout the year.

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SUMMER OF INNOVATION

Summer of Innovation is a free summer program for middle school youth. Youth learn a range of emerging technologies and build a creative tech project at the end of the camp which is displayed in our Summer of Innovation Showcase.


Applications will open in March 2019.
 

OUR TEAM

 
 
 
Olivia Cueva is the Creative Director of the David E. Glover Center where she develops creative solutions to amplify free technology and design programming to the community of East Oakland and the greater East Bay. She received her Masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU Tisch where she invented products ranging from wearable technology, augmented reality apps, video games, and interactive installations. She is excited to return to her hometown to develop a communal space of innovation, putting the power of making and engineering back into the hands of our communities.

Olivia Cueva is the Creative Director of the David E. Glover Center where she develops creative solutions to amplify free technology and design programming to the community of East Oakland and the greater East Bay. She received her Masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU Tisch where she invented products ranging from wearable technology, augmented reality apps, video games, and interactive installations. She is excited to return to her hometown to develop a communal space of innovation, putting the power of making and engineering back into the hands of our communities.


OLIVIA CUEVA

Creative Director

Tanya Campbell is an artist, designer and educator, working at the intersection of art and technology. Originally from the Bronx, NY, she attended SUNY Buffalo State College where she obtained her Bachelors degree in electrical engineering and oil painting. Tanya went on to obtain her Masters degree in Interactive Design from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. She currently works at the David E. Glover Center where she serves as the visual design lead and teaches animation, circuitry, and coding to middle school and high school youth.

Tanya Campbell is an artist, designer and educator, working at the intersection of art and technology. Originally from the Bronx, NY, she attended SUNY Buffalo State College where she obtained her Bachelors degree in electrical engineering and oil painting. Tanya went on to obtain her Masters degree in Interactive Design from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. She currently works at the David E. Glover Center where she serves as the visual design lead and teaches animation, circuitry, and coding to middle school and high school youth.

TANYA CAMPBELL

Visual Design Lead & Instructor

Noah Jones, Instructor of Game Design and Artificial Intelligence. Noah has a background in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley and is passionate about creating truly intelligent A.I. and truly interactive video games. His courses focus around core game mechanics in Unity using the C# programming language and the fundamentals of Natural Language Processing (a sub category of Artificial Intelligence) using the Python programming language. Noah values creativity and collaboration over all else and strongly encourages students to build off of each other to create masterful works of art using code.

Noah Jones, Instructor of Game Design and Artificial Intelligence. Noah has a background in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley and is passionate about creating truly intelligent A.I. and truly interactive video games. His courses focus around core game mechanics in Unity using the C# programming language and the fundamentals of Natural Language Processing (a sub category of Artificial Intelligence) using the Python programming language. Noah values creativity and collaboration over all else and strongly encourages students to build off of each other to create masterful works of art using code.

NOAH JONES

Artificial Intelligence Specialist & Instructor

Darrah Montgomery is the Program Administrator handling most of the administrative and reporting responsibilities for the David E. Glover Center. She joined the David E. Glover Center as a volunteer and quickly found out that she had a soft spot in her heart for working closely with members of the Oakland community. She works primarily with our older adult population who come from a generation that believes knowledge is power and knowledge is our ticket to freedom. She is inspired by their determination to continue educating themselves by any means necessary.

Darrah Montgomery is the Program Administrator handling most of the administrative and reporting responsibilities for the David E. Glover Center. She joined the David E. Glover Center as a volunteer and quickly found out that she had a soft spot in her heart for working closely with members of the Oakland community. She works primarily with our older adult population who come from a generation that believes knowledge is power and knowledge is our ticket to freedom. She is inspired by their determination to continue educating themselves by any means necessary.

DARRAH MONTGOMERY

Program Administrator

Jorge Flores came to the center as a student of humble beginnings, identified and inspired by past director David E. Glover. He has gone on to become the center’s Office Manager and Spanish-language Computer Basics Instructor. You can also find him in the community raising awareness about our upcoming classes. Mr. Flores is passionate about empowering East Oakland residents through computer skills acquisition for workplace success.

Jorge Flores came to the center as a student of humble beginnings, identified and inspired by past director David E. Glover. He has gone on to become the center’s Office Manager and Spanish-language Computer Basics Instructor. You can also find him in the community raising awareness about our upcoming classes. Mr. Flores is passionate about empowering East Oakland residents through computer skills acquisition for workplace success.

JORGE FLORES

Office Manager

Thomas Washington brings over 17 years of experience in creating customized software training modules designed to fit the learning needs of individuals and/or group clients.  Although Mr. Washington has delivered training services for many years to various age groups, his personal goal is to support educational projects that address the needs of the senior community and become an active participant in bridging the digital gap between generations.

Thomas Washington brings over 17 years of experience in creating customized software training modules designed to fit the learning needs of individuals and/or group clients.

Although Mr. Washington has delivered training services for many years to various age groups, his personal goal is to support educational projects that address the needs of the senior community and become an active participant in bridging the digital gap between generations.

THOMAS WASHINGTON

Computer Basics Instructor