WINS Diversity & Inclusion News

Welcome to WINS Diversity and Inclusion News, a weekly electronic publication of the Women in Intelligence and National Security organization at Coastal Carolina University. The goal of this effort is to distribute news and commentary that highlight issues of diversity and inclusion in the intelligence communities of the United States and other countries. It is edited by Ana Maria Lankford, WINS Vice President of Communications.


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 7 – MARCH 5, 2021

March is Women’s History Month! This month, U.S. government agencies from the civilian intelligence community, to the U.S. armed forces are honoring the efforts women have made to contribute to the security, and safety of the United States. Below are some of these stories, in addition to internship opportunities, and comments from our WINS president! See you all Monday at 5:00pm!
On behalf of the WINS executive council, Ana Maria.

WOMEN IN THE AIR FORCE” EXHIBIT SET TO OPEN 05 MARCH. The National Museum of the US Air Force will virtually present it’s newest exhibit “Women in the Air Force” on March 5th, at 6:30pm. This exhibit highlights the history of women in the U.S. Air Force, and their contributions.

INAUGURAL WOMEN’S AIR AND SPACE POWER SYMPOSIUM. In light of Women’s History Month, ​the Department of the Air Force will be hosting a four-day symposium disusing the role of women within the USAF, and the importance of diversity and inclusion. This symposium with start on March 8th.

HONORED FEMALE CODE BREAKER TURNS 100. Julia Parsons, who served as a code breaker during WWII, turned 100 this past week. Parsons worked with the U.S. Navy during WWII to decipher encrypted messages from German U-Boat commanders.

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Happy Women’s History Month everyone! This month will be filled with stories about women’s significant involvement in intelligence throughout history. Starting this Monday at 5pm, which is also International Women’s Day, we will be discussing many women who have made history within the IC. Keep a lookout on our Instagram and Facebook for other stories as well! We can’t wait to see you all. Have a good weekend! -Riley McCormick

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: DIA internships (deadline 01 April 2021); CIA internship (deadline 15 March 2021); Department of Defense (deadline varies).


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 6 – FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Did you know that the Department of Energy is one of the 18 members of the US intelligence community, and that a woman now leads this agency? Did you know that a woman led significant advances in the National Security Agency’s SIGINT technology? Read about these stories, commentary from our WINS president, and internship opportunities in this week’s edition of the WINS Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter! See you all Monday at 5:00pm!

Female Secretary of Energy sworn in. ​Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in on Thursday to serve as the US Department of Energy Secretary. She is the second woman in US history to serve in this position. Formerly, she served as the first female Governor of Michigan.

Female CIA officer receives prestigious award. Juliane Gallina, a Chief Information Officer with the US Central Intelligence Agency, was a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient for her contributions to the CIA. This award is given to the most influential leaders in both the private and public sector.

SIGINT Expert, Juanita Moody. This articles tells the story of former NSA cryptographer, Juanita Moody, and her efforts in pushing to advance signals intelligence technology. Moody went on to serve in multiple leadership positions during her time at the NSA. Additionally, Moody became the first recipient of the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Interpol internship (​Deadline: 5 March 2021); SLED internship (Deadline March 2021); Department of Defense Internships (deadlines vary).

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Hi WINS Members! Join us Monday at 5pm to hear about new internship/job opportunities in the IC and go over the second page of our resumes. Please try and follow the outline Dr. J. has sent out and bring something to share at your desks. We can’t wait to see you 🙂 -Riley McCormick


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 5 – FEBRUARY 19, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Declare All-Male Draft Unconstitutional: A petition created by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has made it’s way to the Supreme Court. This petition ask that the U.S. Supreme Court revisits the United States’ male-only draft policy, and declare it unconstitutional.

Woman Named Vice Chair of Intelligence and Special Operations Subcommittee: Stephanie Murphy, a U.S. representative from Florida, will serve as the vice chairwoman of the U.S. House Intelligence and Special Operations Subcommittee. Murphy formerly worked at the Pentagon under President George W. Bush.

Harriet Tubman Inducted into Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame: Harriet Tubman, a former Union spy who led dozens of enslaved African Americans to their freedom will be inducted into the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame. This comes 150 years after her service.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: NGA internship (sign in with your CCU username); State Department internship (closes February 25 or after first 50 applications); NSA internship.

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Hello WINS members! Please do not forget to pay your dues in the coming week! We are accepting members and dues until the end of February. Dues are $10 and can be paid by Venmo to Hannah Clegg (@Hannah-Clegg-2) or paid in cash at Dr. J’s office (Brittain Hall 360). This Monday at 5pm we will discuss the first page of your resume and the summary! Please try your hardest to come with at least something for us to review. I look forward to seeing you all! -Riley McCormick


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 4 – FEBRUARY 12, 2021

First Female Deputy Defense Secretary Confirmed: Kathleen Hicks was confirmed by the Senate as the Deputy Defense Secretary on Monday evening. This makes her this first woman to serve in this position. Hicks formerly served as a deputy undersecretary of defense under the Obama administration.

Diversity In the Biden Administration: ​This article discusses the role diversity is serving in President Biden’s cabinet selections. Additionally, this article showcases the background of the first female Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines.

Female and Male Police Officers: ​In this 30 minute podcast, filmmaker Deirdre Fishel describes his discussion with a female police officer about an infamous police shooting. It was from this conversation that Fishel asked himself, “Do women police differently than men”?

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: NGA internship; INTERPOL internship; FireEye internship.

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Hello WINS members! Please do not forget to pay your dues in the coming week! Dues are $10 and can be paid by Venmo to Hannah Clegg (@Hannah-Clegg-2) or paid in cash to Dr. J’s office! (Brittain Hall: 360). You will receive a receipt via email.  This Monday at 5pm we will be practicing talking about ourselves. So, bring your most impressive qualities and accomplishments! We want to hear EVERYTHING! See you guys there 🙂 -Riley McCormick


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 3 – FEBRUARY 5, 2021

How Feds See Diversity and Inclusion at Work: In a recent podcast, Senior Research Analysts for The Government Business Council discuss results from a recent survey about the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in government workplaces.

​Six Priorities to Revitalize National Intelligence: In a recent opinion article, former National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Letitia A. Long released six priority suggestions for the Biden administration to consider when restructuring U.S. national intelligence. Notably, the sixth suggestion points to diversity needs within the U.S. intelligence community.

Biden Orders New Review of Sexual Assault Policies in Military: ​President Biden’s Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, recently directed the Pentagon to send him their “best plans and practices” to address sexual assault and harassment within the U.S. armed forces.

​INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

NGA INTERNSHIP; ​WASHINGTON INTERNSHIP INSTITUTE; DIA STUDENT INTERNSHIPS/OPPORTUNITIES

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: Hello WINS members! Please be sure that you pay your dues within the coming two weeks. Dues are $10 and should be to our Treasurer, Hannah Clegg. In addition to Venmo, dues can also be paid in cash by dropping it off to Dr. J’s office! (Brittain Hall: 360). You will receive a receipt via email. Thank you and see you Monday at 5:00pm! -Riley McCormick


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 2 – JANUARY 29, 2021

Senate Confirms Avril Haines as First Woman to Serve as Director of National Intelligence : Avril Haines will be the first woman to serve as Director of National Intelligence for the United States. Additionally, she is the first member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet nominations to be confirmed by the Senate.

Biden Takes Steps Forward to Put Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill: ​As an intelligence officer for the Union during the Civil War, Harriet Tubman led dozens of enslaved African Americans to their freedom through the Underground Railroad. Additionally, she became the first woman to lead an armed militia raid.

Online Extremism Expert Says Far Right Has Adapted ISIS Playbook: The ​founder of SITE Intelligence, Rita Katz claims that former President Donald Trump’s “behavior” and “dynamics” on social media are causing a growth of right-winged groups. Additionally, Katz claims these right-winged groups and ISIS have “remarkably similar trajectories”.

COMMENTS FROM WINS PRESIDENT: This month we all witnessed history. Kamala Harris was sworn in as, not only the first South Asian and African American Vice President, but the first female Vice President! Representation is something that WINS cares deeply about and Kamala Harris is representing minorities all over the United States. I am hopeful that the future will allow more women to see themselves in power! Additionally, thank you to everyone who attended our meeting last Monday. It was a great turn out and we hope to see all of you and more at our meeting this coming Monday at 5pm! Also, don’t forget to apply for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Internship (See attached file). -Riley McCormick


WINS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS – Vol. 1, No. 1 – JANUARY 22, 2021

Biden Continues to Appoint Women to Top National Security Positions. Anne Neuberger, the current director of cybersecurity at the National Security Agency (NSA), has officially been appointed to the position of Deputy National Security Advisor for cyber and emerging technology. Additionally, the Biden administration selected Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall to serve as Deputy National Security advisor and Homeland Security Advisor.

Limited Progress for Diversity Recruiting in the Intelligence Community. While efforts have been made over the past decade to increase diversity within the U.S. Intelligence community, a recent report from the Government Accountability Office has found that these numbers are lower than what federal standards call for.
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New Series Honors Groundbreaking-Female Cryptanalyst. Recently released documentary series The Codebreaker, cast a light into the story of Elizabeth Smith Friedman, and how her work to decode messages for the U.S. government aided in the discovery of a nearly undetectable Nazi spy ring in WWII, amongst other discoveries.