Nasir Memon (NYU, Tandon School of Engineering), Jorge Valentine (Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust), Veronica Aguilar (City Colleges of Chicago), and Nader Qaimari (ISACA Global) on How to Bridge the Divide Between Education and the IT Workforce to Provide Equity and Access to the IT Workforce of Today and Tomorrow? at the 2021 ASU+GSV Summit.What is the need and value of certificates and credentials? Trends in the marketplace: How does one bridge the divide between academics and the global IT and cybersecurity workforce? What roles are the workforce of today and tomorrow looking to fill and how do certificates and credentials help fill the gap? What role or social responsibility do you feel academic institutions, corporations, certification bodies (such as ISACA), and/or governments can collectively play in helping solve the current inequality gap in education in underserved/underrepresented communities around the world.