Scholarships Support Diversity and Inclusion in Information Technology at 2019 Internet2 Global Summit

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#bigdatalt;/agt;–Internet2 announced today seven
recipients of scholarships
aimed at increasing the meaningful
participation of underrepresented information technology professionals,
from both the national and global research and education communities,
ahead of its annual meeting, the Internet2
Global Summit event
, taking place in Washington, D.C. from March 5-8.

The scholarship recipients are:

  • Rachael Collard, publicity and marketing coordinator, Connecticut
    Education Network
  • Kaitlin Helfter, emerging IT professional in ITaP Research Computing,
    Purdue University
  • Rajan Parajuli, director, Nepal Research and Education Network
  • Erin Plese, information security analyst – intermediate, Northern
    Arizona University
  • Katelyn Russell, systems administrator II, University of Texas at
  • Khamphanh Sithavong, deputy director of information technology center,
    National University of Laos
  • Nuyun Zhang, research scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology

Scholarship recipients will be recognized during the Internet2
Inclusivity Initiative session on March 6.
Funding for the
scholarships is made possible by Duo,
Startup Resource Center (NSRC)
, and Palo
Alto Networks
. Northern
Arizona University
, Purdue
, and Georgia
Institute of Technology
are providing financial travel support for
their respective scholarship winner.

“There is a collective sense of responsibility for recruiting, training,
and retaining a diverse and inclusive IT workforce across the broad
research and higher education community,” said Ana Hunsinger, VP of
community engagement at Internet2. “The scholarships are one effort
among many by our community to ensure the participation of women and
underrepresented minorities in timely discussions around applied
innovation and best-practices in their profession. I’m proud to share
that over the past few years, these scholarships have supported more
than forty women and underrepresented minorities from the U.S.,
Colombia, Laos, Nepal, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia.”

“We look forward to seeing the leaders of the Nepali and Laotian NRENs
at the Internet2 Global Summit for the first time, representing their
communities,” said Steven Huter, NSRC director. “The Nepali NREN is
actively expanding their national footprint and connecting more new
locations, while also seeking deeper collaborations between Nepali
institutions and U.S. universities. Likewise, LERNET seeks to enhance
its services and applications for Laotian universities, and I hope an
enriching experience at the Global Summit will establish new working
relationships that Rajan and Khamphanh can take back home with them.”

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