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Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative: Creating a Diverse Pipeline of Students Working in IT

Time 10/17/18 12:10PM-01:40PM

Room Java Sea 1/2

Session Abstract


Lunch will be served in the meeting room.

Please join us for the Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative session. We will provide updates on the initiative (formerly framed as the Internet2 Gender Diversity Initiative), seek input on next steps and recognize the Inclusivity Award and the Inclusivity Initiative Award in Recognition of Carrie Regenstein awardees. We are pleased to welcome Jack Suess and Damian Doyle from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. They will talk about their program that creates a diverse pipeline of students working in Information Technology.

Over the last three years, the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) has partnered with our CSEE department, the UMBC Career Services Center, and UMBC's Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) to create a diverse pipeline of students working in IT. These students work in the division gaining valuable real world experience that helps prepare them for future internships and careers after college. Today, through these efforts our student IT workforce is 40% women and 60% underrepresented minority.

DoIT heavily utilizes student workers for tasks ranging from standard maintenance and cybersecurity operations to advanced efforts in network and system installations. Our students work collaboratively with our full-time staff. This diverse pool of students has made a significant difference in helping DoIT to create a more inclusive environment to work in that better represents the overall diversity of UMBC. In addition, since many of our full-time staff were once alumnae, we have benefited from the opportunity to improve our staff diversity by having potential diverse candidates in the pipeline when openings do occur. This session will go through the genesis of this program, what we have learned about working with the campus to recruit a diverse student workforce, and the benefits of this program to the students and campus.

Speakers

Speaker Ana Hunsinger Internet2

Speaker John Suess University of Maryland - Baltimore County

Speaker Damian Doyle University of Maryland - Baltimore County

Primary track Nothing But Net(working)

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