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This is the home of the Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative space.

Join the Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative (formerly Gender Diversity Initiative (GDI)) Mailing List!  


Benefits include:

  • Access to the Inclusivity Initiative Wiki with news, resources, and success stories for shared best practices. 

  • Inclusion in the Inclusivity Initiative sessions at our two anchor events, the Global Summit (Spring) and the Technology Exchange (Fall).

  • Opportunities to participate in specialty sub-groups and committees as they are formed.


We are excited to share with you a few mentoring and career development opportunities.

  • Campus Spotlight: Women in Tech Initiative - The new Women in Tech Initiative was established through a monetary gift from Craigslist founder and Case Western alumnus, Craig Newmark. The initiative seeks to build a strong community of female students in technology fields. Future plans of this initiative include a mentorship program, professional development opportunities and a podcast series. For more information about this new initiative at Case Western University, click here.
  • Women in CyberSecurity - WiCys is a community of engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity. It is a premier organization with national rach dedicated to bringing together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry to share knowledge, experience, networking and mentoring. To learn more about WiCys and related news, click here.
  • Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) Mentoring Programme - This is a new programme. This opportunity offers a year-round mentoring programme, providing a framework for women around the world to provide and receive a mentorship in the HPC space. The WHPC mentoring programme will be open 3 times a year and will last for 4 months. During the prescribed mentoring programme, both mentors and mentees will receive training on how to make the most of mentoring, as well as the opportunity to participate in webinars on key skills. Mentoring will be provided in both one-to-one and in groups, typically consisting of 3 people from different organizations and career-levels. Each formal mentor-mentee engagement session lasts for 4 months. We accept mentor/mentee applications year long and we will pool you into the next cohort. Sign up to be a mentor/mentee here, If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarvani Chadalapaka, WHPC Mentoring Programme Director, at

Alabama Selected as First Region to Benefit from Multi-Million Dollar Digital Skills Education Grant Received by the National Center for Women & Information Technology

April 30, 2019

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) will launch a new nationwide digital skills education program and technology awareness campaign in Birmingham, Alabama. This multi-year, multi-faceted initiative, designed to increase the number of technical women in the southeastern United States, will kick off on May 1, 2019. Birmingham has been selected as the launch site for the program, based on several criteria, including educational infrastructure, technical ecosystem, community support and demand, and city leadership.

This initiative was made possible by a $4.1 million grant made to NCWIT by the Cognizant U.S. Foundation in December 2018. By year-end 2019, grant-funded initiatives in Alabama powered by NCWIT will include AspireIT educational programs for middle school, high school, and college women; Counselors for Computing training opportunities for professional school counselors, and Aspirations in Computing Community scholarship, internship, and networking opportunities. In addition, women who become part of the Aspirations in Computing Community will have the opportunity to apply for workforce skill development funds to further expand their digital capabilities. To read the full press release, click here.

The 2019 Global Summit Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative Scholarship Winners, and

Network Startup Resource Center Fellowship Recipients

Pictured L-R: Khamphanh Sithavong, National University of Laos (NSRC-Internet2 Fellow),
Katelyn Russell, University of Texas at Austin (I2I Initiative Awardee),
Erin Plese, Northern Arizona University (I2I Initiative Awardee),
Rachael Collard, Connecticut Education Network (I2I Initiative Awardee),
Kaitlin Helfter, Purdue Univesity (I2I Initiative Awardee),
Nuyun Zhang, Georgia Institute of Technology (I2I Initiative Awardee),
Rajan Parajuli, Nepal Research and Education Network (NSRC-Internet2 Fellow), and
Dale Smith, international networking coordinator at NSRC at the University of Oregon

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