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Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative

Promoting diversity and inclusion in technology

Internet2 believes a diverse and inclusive community is essential for research and education throughout the global community.

We recognize the need to strengthen available technical resources in the broad research, science, and academic communities to ensure we are responsive to the needs of our interconnected 21st Century world. The Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative (I2I), formerly called the Gender Diversity Initiative, focuses resources, attention, and scholarships to improve diversity and inclusion in the community of networking and technical professionals.

(Above) 2019 Global Summit scholarship recipients pose with representatives from Duo, Internet2, Palo Alto and UCAR/NCAR. L-R front row: Marla Meehl, Ana Hunsinger, Howard Pfeffer, Roel Barron, Ash Mathew, Nuyun Zhang, Katelyn Russell, Erin Plese, Kaitlin Helfter and Rachael Collard.

Since the creation of the Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative Awards, Internet2, with support from the community, have been able to sponsor the participation of over 40 women at annual Internet2 signature events. As of the 2019 Internet2 Global Summit, awardees have represented twenty-eight Higher Education Institutions, two R&E Network member organizations and one Federal Affiliate.

As part of this initiative, we:

  • Provide a national forum to discuss and share best practices to improve diversity and inclusion in technical fields, particularly in advanced networking, security, and identity.
  • Partner with other national organizations engaged in similar work, such as the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), EDUCAUSE and others.

Our resources, partnerships, scholarships foster diversity and inclusivity efforts

Internet2 convenes an advisory group of stakeholders to guide these efforts and commits resources for supporting programs, such as internships, job shadowing, mentoring, and leadership.

We have a formal partnership with the NCWIT, with whom we share resources, research, and insights. We also sponsor regular presentations and discussions at the Internet2 Global Summit and Internet2 Technology Exchange, as well as other gatherings.

Scholarships are awarded to women, including graduate students, working at Internet2 member organizations from higher education, research education networks, affiliate, and industry to attend our signature events (Global Summit and Technology Exchange)— and are applied toward registration, transportation, and housing costs. The goal of the scholarship is to encourage awardees to bring new technology ideas and strategies back to their institutions, as well as receive meaningful, personalized career development support.

Interested in the Inclusivity Initiative Award? Learn about the application requirements and apply here.

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

Intro to NCWIT Pacesetters

Ana Hunsinger on NCWIT Pacesetters


Nominations are being accepted for the Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative Award for the 2019 Technology Exchange until September 20, 2019.