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Chadalapaka Appointed Co-chair for Influential Steering Committee

September 15, 2022

In recognition of her ongoing support and advocacy for women in technology, Director of Cyber Infrastructure and Research Technologies, Sarvani Chadalapaka, has been appointed co-chair for Internet2's Inclusivity Initiative (I2I) Steering Committee. Internet2 is a consortium of 320+ member institutions that provides a secure high-speed network, cloud solutions, research support, and other technology services tailored for research and education.

Being chosen for this role represent a full-circle for Chadalapaka, having been awarded an I2I scholarship in 2017 that helped jump-start her career. A tireless advocate for women in technology, Chadalapaka delivers talks on equity and inclusivity at various conferences across the country and founded a Women in High Performance Computing mentorship program. 

"Chadalapaka's work has directly contributed to OIT's ability to attract and retain women in historically male-dominated technology fields," said Interim Chief Information Officer Nick Dugan. "Her recognition in this space demonstrates UC Merced's commitment and leadership in building a diverse, inclusive, and representative workforce, and I am grateful to have her as a stand-out member of OIT's leadership team!"