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Internet2 Gender Diversity Initiative Update and Call for Scholarship Application

Mar 09, 2016, by Ana Hunsinger
Tags: 2016 Global Summit, Executive Insights, Gender Diversity Award, Gender Diversity Initiative

In December, 2015, I shared updates on the recent work of the Gender Diversity Initiative and working group, led by community leaders (read my blog updates here: Part 1 and Part 2). I highlighted data that proves how diversity can enhance a team, and will provide opportunities to solve complex problems better and faster than in groups of people who are less diverse. I believe that increasing diversity in our workplaces and our community can help drive innovation and the development of fresh ideas. Avis Yates Rivers, a passionate supporter and leader in gender diversity initiatives, and presenter at the 2015 Internet2 Technology Exchange reminded attendees that this issue "isn’t about goals or quotas—this is a conversation about innovation, making sure community is as strong as it can be.”

At our most recent event in Cleveland, the 2015 Internet2 Technology Exchange, we hosted more than 109 women, comprising 16% of total attendees – a significant improvement from 2012 and 2013, when women barely comprised 10% of total participants. I hope the community will keep the momentum going, by encouraging colleagues to apply for the 2016 Internet2 Gender Diversity Award. The award will be presented at the 2016 Internet2 Global Summit in Chicago and will cover reasonable travel expenses and conference registration.

International Women’s Day, observed March 8 celebrated women around the world. While I believe that every day is a day for women, I want to take a moment to recognize their contributions to the community thus far, and reach out for assistance in identifying new faces and talented individuals. To get involved in the Internet2 Gender Diversity Initiative, contact me or send email to gdi@internet2.edu.