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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 Technology Exchange scholarship recipients pose with representatives from Internet2 and Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC). L-R front row: Ana Hunsinger, Dale Smith and Taleitha Pytlowanyj. L-R back row: Deshon Miguel, Angie Asmus, Julie Locke, Jessica Shaffer, Bridget Bartell, Jacqueline Knight-Barber, Shashwitha Puttaswamy, and Joy Thompson.

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 Technology Exchange, awardees have represented thirty Higher Education Institutions, three 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 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.

Use our relationship-building tools

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 now closed for Global Summit 2020.