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!"