Webinar: MS-CC: Bridging the Digital Divide with Ana Hunsinger


  • Workforce Development

The CI Compass webinar, "MS-CC: Bridging the Digital Divide" featuring MS-CC's Ana Hunsinger, was originally hosted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023.

Abstract: The designations for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), and the broad range of minority serving institutions (MSIs) have unique historical and cultural definitions. Despite being systemically underserved and under-resourced, these institutions continue to uplift their students and nurture leaders across academic disciplines.

The Minority Serving – Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) strives to enable shared capabilities, tools, assessments, and resources in support of cyberinfrastructure for the institutions that come together through the MS-CC. It is cultivating a vibrant community of practice across HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs, where peers can collaborate and support one another, and build a coalition to advocate for their needs as a community.

Recently, the MS-CC in partnership with Internet2 received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support this vision. Nearly $3 million over two years to fund a Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence Pilot in 2021 (NSF Award # 2137123), and nearly 15 million over five years to support accelerating cyberinfrastructure-centric research capacity at HBCUs and TCUs through proof-of-concept grants and shared resources in 2022 (NSF Award # 2234326).

This presentation will provide attendees an overview of how the MS-CC plans to affect change and make a difference in ensuring that students and faculty at HBCUs, TCUs, and other MSIs have access to advanced cyberinfrastructure capabilities through community and capacity building; workforce development; and research support and acceleration.

Bio: Ana Hunsinger has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience in the research and education (R&E) community, serving stakeholders nationwide with an intentional focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is the principal investigator of three National Science Foundation Awards* that support the acceleration of cyberinfrastructure capacity to advance research and learning environments at historically Black colleges and universities and tribal colleges and universities. Hunsinger is the executive leader of Internet2’s community engagement programs to support the consortium’s higher education, affiliate, and industry members, and she also oversees international engagement to facilitate Internet2’s participation in the global R&E community.

*MS-CC Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence Pilot (NSF Award # 2137123), 21st Century Research-Cyberinfrastructure for MSIs through the MS-CC: A phased approach to engage the Missing Millions (NSF Award # 2234326), and the MS-CC Collaboratory in Climate Science (Supplement to NSF Award # 2234326).

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