March 21-22, 2023 | Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C.

MS-CC IT for Research and Cybersecurity Workshop

Thank you for attending the Minority Serving – Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) on March 21-22 for a workshop for leadership, faculty, researchers, and IT staff from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Improving your institution’s IT for research and cybersecurity posture is priceless.

Join the Minority Serving – Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) for a two-day IT for research and cybersecurity workshop from March 21-22, 2023, at the Ministers Hall on the Claflin University campus in Orangeburg, S.C. Registration is FREE for MS-CC participants and is open through March 15, 2023.

We’ve designed a hands-on workshop experience for leadership, faculty, researchers, and IT staff from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that provides information, tools, and resources to support and enable many day-to-day activities on your campus.

The first day of the workshop will focus on IT for research, often described as “cyberinfrastructure” by federal funding agencies. The second day of the workshop will focus on cybersecurity. The workshop agenda (below) provides additional details. 

Watch this invitation to join us from our Claflin University host and CIO, Joey Brenn.

The workshop is funded by the NSF OAC 2137123 awarded to the Minority Serving – Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) and Internet2.

MS-CC Workshop Series

The workshop at Claflin University is one of several workshops the MS-CC and Internet2 are planning at HBCU and TCU campuses throughout 2023. Read 5 Reasons to Attend the MS-CC’s IT for Research and Cybersecurity Workshops in 2023. We share the top five reasons you should join us for the IT for Research and Cybersecurity workshop. 

If the Claflin University workshop is not geographically convenient for you, additional workshops are under consideration and will be announced soon. We hope that you’ll be able to attend one of the upcoming workshops at a location closest to your institution. Learn more about the IT for Research (cyberinfrastructure) and Cybersecurity Workshop series


Cyberinfrastructure (IT for Research) Day
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT

*Note: All times are inclusive of discussion

11:45 a.m.

Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, President, Claflin University

James Brenn, Associate Vice President for Information Technology, Claflin University
11:45 a.m-12:30 p.m.MS-CC + Workshop Objectives

Ana Hunsinger, Vice President Community Engagement, Internet2

Lauren Michael, Assistant Director for CI Facilitation, MS-CC
1:30 p.m.
1-1:20 p.m.IT for Research (“Cyberinfrastructure”)

Lauren Michael, Assistant Director, CI Facilitation, MS-CC
1:30-3:00 p.m.Strategic Value of Cyberinfrastructure (CI) for Education and Research
+Breakout Discussion
Dr. Nicholas Panasik, Assoc. Professor Biology/Chemistry, Claflin University

Dr. Karina Liles, Chair Mathematics and Computer Science, Claflin University

Dr. Alex Feltus, Professor Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University
3-3:15 p.m.Break
3:35 p.m.
NSF CI and Cybersecurity Funding

Kevin Thompson, Program Officer, National Science Foundation
3:45-4:35 p.m.CI Funding Considerations

Lauren Michael, Assistant Director CI Facilitation, MS-CC
4:35-5 p.m.Day 1 Feedback Discussion, Wrap-up
5:30-7:30 p.m.Reception: Building Connections in the Region

Minister’s Hall on Claflin University Campus

Cybersecurity Day | Wednesday, March 22, 2023
8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with optional training from 2-5 p.m. EDT

*Note: All times are inclusive of discussion

8:45 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking
8:45-9:00 a.m.Kickoff Day 2
James Brenn, Associate Vice President for Information Technology

Claflin Lauren Michael, Assistant Director for CI Facilitation, MS-CC
9:20 a.m.
Cybersecurity Priorities for HBCUs

Taurean Russell, Chief Information Security Officer, Winston-Salem State University
9:30-10:20 a.m. Cybersecurity Resources in the Region

Caitlin Scroggins, Program Coordinator, SC Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Program

Cindy Starns, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Columbia Division Cyber Squad
10:20-10:35 a.m.Break
10:35-11:05 a.m.Internet2’s National Network and Services for HBCUs

Ana Hunsinger, Vice President Community Engagement, Internet2
11:05-12:05 p.mResearch and Education Networks in the Region

Cas D’Angelo, President, Southern Crossroads

Chris Hibbs, CEO, C-Light

Phil Emer, Senior Director of Innovation, MCNC
12:05-12:50 p.m.Lunch
1:30 p.m.
Collaboration Engagement
1:30-1:55 p.m.Workshop Feedback, Wrap-Up
2-5 p.m.Optional Training: ScienceDMZ, Network Testing, and Optional Training: ScienceDMZ, Network Testing, and Cybersecurity

Corson Hall, Orange & Maroon Room

Jorge Crichigno and Elie Kfoury, Cyberinfrastructure Lab, University of South Carolina

Events Code of Conduct

Internet2 and the community are committed to promoting a positive environment at our events and conferences for our members and the research and education community. Our community values fair and equitable treatment of all individuals and expects our attendees to interact professionally and respectfully towards one another. Discrimination or harassment of any type, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion, is not consistent with our values and will not be tolerated. Unacceptable behavior includes offensive comments; deliberate intimidation, stalking or unwanted attention; inappropriate physical contact; harassing, derogatory, or demeaning conduct; or other behavior that demonstrates a lack of professionalism or respect for another individual.

Participants are expected to follow these rules at all Internet2-hosted events. Participants violating these rules may be asked to leave an event without warning or a refund, at the discretion of Internet2. In some instances, such behavior may be reported to local or federal law enforcement officers. If you believe that you or someone else has been subject to these behaviors, please contact the Internet2 Ethics Hotline immediately at (877) 842-6829 or send a message via the web at

Hotel Recommendations

The workshop will be held at the Ministers Hall on the campus of Claflin University, located at 400 Magnolia St, Orangeburg, SC 29115.

Should you be in need of overnight accommodations, the recommended hotels for workshop participants that are within close proximity to Claflin University are:

Please contact the hotels directly to inquire about their daily rates and book your reservation.


There will be limited parking availability on the Claflin University campus. A free shuttle service from and to the hotels is being arranged (Tru By Hilton Orangeburg and Hampton Inn & Suites Orangeburg are adjacent). We will provide additional information about the shuttle service in the welcome email registered attendees will receive on March 20.  


As an MS-CC participant, we will be able to reimburse reasonable mileage (500 miles or less roundtrip) and lodging expenses related to workshop attendance for individuals who have not yet attended an MS-CC workshop. After your registration is processed you will receive additional information via email about the expense reimbursement process. 

Not an MS-CC participant? Becoming a participant is simple, quick, easy – and free! Fill out the form, join the mailing list, and stay informed about upcoming meetings and activities. 

Participation in the MS-CC helps us create a vibrant community of practice where peers can collaborate and support one another, and build a coalition to advocate for their needs as a community. 

What Workshop Participants Can Expect

The two-day workshop agenda is designed around two themes: IT for Research and Cybersecurity. The workshop program includes keynote presentations, panel discussions with cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity leaders, facilitated group discussions, and hands-on learning opportunities, including access to open-source security tools and documented best practices for campus infrastructure. 

Informal networking opportunities provide you with opportunities to meet and build connections with your peers and cybersecurity professionals and leadership from regional and national non-profit organizations supporting the research and education community in the U.S.

COVID-19 Information

The COVID-19 situation in the United States is fluid, and we continue to monitor developments that may impact attendees for the MS-CC IT for Research and Cybersecurity Workshop. In order to stay current, check this page periodically leading up to the workshop.

Workshop participants will need to abide by Claflin University’s COVID-19 guidelines while participating in the workshop. 

Claflin University’s COVID-19 Protocol 

Presently, COVID-19 pretesting is no longer a requirement for visitors and guests attending our campus. Claflin University is an Indoor Mask Mandated Campus. All persons may elect to remain unmasked, outdoors.

Any symptomatic guests can be tested at the Student Health Office between the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday. The Student Health Center provides rapid Antigen COVID Testing with results in 15-20 minutes. The guests may be discharged to home or to the nearest medical facility if needed for further clinical evaluation. The Student Health Office can be reached at 803-535-5328.