Women@INI (WINI) is committed to promoting and supporting the professional and academic goals of Information Networking Institute (INI) students in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The goal of our organization is to create a nurturing and inspiring learning environment that promotes and celebrates gender and cultural equality and diversity, both within and beyond the INI. WINI was established in 2005 by the Barbara Lazarus Professor in Information Networking and INI director Dena Haritos Tsamitis to address the unique challenges faced by women in the male-dominated field of engineering. A student advocate and mentor of women in technology, Dena is passionate about increasing diversity in STEM fields. Our values WINI promotes leadership and a standard of excellence. Through the organization and the scholarship program of WINI, we will cultivate leadership qualities in INI students. WINI is committed to "giving back to society," for we believe that tomorrow's leaders in information technology must be well versed in social, as well as technical, issues. Our participants will be encouraged to become involved in community-building projects on campus, in the greater Pittsburgh area, and across international boundaries. Our approach WINI will take an active and integral role in recruiting, career placement, and the daily enrichment of student life. We will work with local communities and international organizations to promote networking and leadership opportunities for participants and to benefit society at large. WINI will collaborate with parallel organizations on campus to foster interdisciplinary learning and career opportunities. In addition, WINI will facilitate training and career development programs to prepare individuals for a challenging career in information technology. The WINI scholarship program will award scholarships each year to students who show academic merit and proven leadership in WINI and other academic programs. These scholarships will allow recipients to attend conferences focusing on women in technology.
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