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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 gender diversity and inclusion in the community of networking and technical professionals.

2018 Global Summit Inclusivity Initiative Scholarship winners pose with Howard Pfeffer, Internet2 President and CEO

(Above) 2018 Global Summit Inclusivity Initiative Scholarship winners pose with Howard Pfeffer, Internet2 President and CEO, and Ana Hunsinger, Internet2 Vice President of Community Engagement. L-R: Manisha Kanodia, Gladys K. Andino, Howard Pfeffer, Magreth Mushi, Nosiku Sililo, Lisa Barry, Stephanie Collins, Ana Hunsinger.

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 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 — 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 or the Inclusivity Initiative Award in Recognition of Carrie Regenstein? Learn about the application requirements and apply here.

Use our relationship-building tools

It is a special goal of the initiative that awardees use their experiences to cultivate 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.

Intro to NCWIT Pacesetters

Ana Hunsinger on NCWIT Pacesetters


Nominations are now closed for the Inclusivity Award and the Inclusivity Initiative Award in Recognition of Carrie Regenstein for the 2018 Technology Exchange.