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Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative

Promoting diversity in technology through scholarship awards

The Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative Steering Committee (formerly called Gender Diversity Initiative) has been charged by Internet2 to create and implement a program that provides support for emerging information technology women professionals to attend Internet2 technical conferences, thereby supporting their entry into the information technology field and the Internet2 community. For this purpose, the Committee has created two different awards, the Inclusivity Award, to be granted at each major Internet2 community conference—both Global Summit and Technology Exchange—and the Inclusivity Initiative Award in Recognition of Carrie Regenstein, to be presented exclusively at Technology Exchange meetings.

Gender Diversity award winners, 2017 Internet2 Global Summit

(Above) 2017 Global Summit Gender Diversity Award winners pose with Dave Lambert, Mae Jemison and leaders Ana Hunsinger, Marla Meehl and Linda Roos.

Scholarships will be awarded to women, including graduate students, working at Internet2 member organizations (higher education, R&E network member, affiliate or industry), and will be applied to registration, transportation and housing costs, with the goal that awardees will bring new technology ideas and strategies back to their institutions as well as receiving meaningful individual career development support.

It is a special goal of the program that awardees use their experiences to establish relationships, build the knowledge capital of their institutions within their local, regional and national technology environments, and help diversify high technology—bringing greater opportunity to IT professionals in their home organizations and beyond. Visit the Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative wiki site for more information.

Inclusivity Award

The Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative Steering Committee (formerly called Gender Diversity Initiative) began granting this award at the 2014 Internet2 Technology Exchange, and will continue the program by presenting the 2018 Internet2 Inclusivity Award for participation in the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit in San Diego, CA (May 6–9, 2017). The award will cover reasonable travel expenses and conference registration consistent with our policies.

Scholarship Parameters

  • Scholarship will be awarded to a woman, including graduate students, working/studying at an Internet2 member organization (higher education, R&E network member, affiliate or corporate) and attending her first Internet2 event.
  • Grant monies will be applied to registration fees, transportation and housing costs, consistent with Internet2 travel policies.
  • The awardee will be invited to attend the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit. One or more mentors will be chosen to accompany the awardee to select sessions during the meeting and to ensure that the awardee has ample opportunity to interact with professionals attending.
  • Although showing financial need is not required, consideration will be given to those showing need for financial support to attend.

Application Process

  • An application must be submitted to i2inominations@internet2.edu
  • Applicants may self nominate or be nominated by professionals from within their institutions. The following information should be included in the application:
    • Name and contact information
    • Name of institution
    • Duration of employment or study at current institution
    • Brief personal statement (two pages maximum) showing the value and potential impact of the scholarship
    • A brief statement (two pages maximum) of support from a senior administrator (CIO or Dean) at the institution
  • The winner will be asked to submit a post-trip report articulating how the experience will benefit her as she progresses in her career.

Deadline

Nominations will be announced soon.

Inclusivity Initiative Award in Recognition of Carrie Regenstein

The inaugural Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative Award in Recognition of Carrie Regenstein was presented at the 2014 Internet2 Technology Exchange in honor of Carrie Regenstein, retired Associate Vice Provost for Computing Services at Carnegie Mellon University. Upon Carrie’s retirement, the InCommon Steering Committee suggested that an award be established in recognition of Carrie’s service as the first chair of the InCommon Steering Committee. This award is a natural match with Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative Steering Committee goals.

The recognition of Carrie's service will continue with the 2018 Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative Award in Recognition of Carrie Regenstein. Consistent with Carrie's path from beginning as an academic technologist to becoming a leader in the InCommon program because of what it could enable on her campus and in all of higher education, consideration will be given to a woman recognized as a “generalist,” that is, an integrator, whose focus is on the use of technology to serve the faculty, staff and students of her institution. As with other Inclusivity Awards, a special goal of the awardee’s attendance at the Technology Exchange will be to make a difference by bringing back new technology ideas and strategies to her institution.

Scholarship Parameters

  • Scholarship will be awarded to a professional woman—staff member or graduate student—working at an Internet2 member organization (higher education, R&E network member, affiliate or industry member) and attending her first Internet2 event.
  • The awardee will be invited to attend the 2018 Internet2 Technology Exchange.
  • Grant monies will be applied to registration fees, transportation and housing costs, consistent with Internet2 travel policies.
  • Consideration will be given to a woman recognized as a “generalist,” that is, an integrator whose focus is the use of technology to serve the faculty, students, and staff of her institution.
  • A mentor (or mentors) will be chosen to accompany the awardee to selected sessions during the meeting and to ensure that the awardee has ample opportunity to interact with professionals attending.

Application Process

  • An application must be submitted to i2inominations@internet2.edu.
  • Applicants may self-nominate or may be nominated by professionals from within their institutions. The following information should be included in the application:
    • Name and contact information
    • Name of institution
    • Note that you are applying for the Inclusivity Initiative Award in Recognition of Carrie Regenstein
    • Duration of employment or study at current institution
    • Brief personal statement (two pages maximum) showing the value and potential impact of the scholarship
    • A brief statement (two pages maximum) of support from a senior administrator (CIO or Dean) at the institution
  • The winner will be asked to submit a post-trip report articulating how the experience will benefit her as she progresses in her career.

Deadline

Nominations will be announced next summer.

Intro to NCWIT Pacesetters

Ana Hunsinger on NCWIT Pacesetters

nominations

Nominations will be announced soon for the 2018 Global Summit. 

awardees