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Our Vision & Mission

  • Our Diverse Community
  • Our Diverse Community

Behind our creativity and innovation stands a blend of cultures that adds a social and educational dynamic unique to our university. We embody the commitment to diversity through our mission to foster living, learning, and working environments that support and incorporate principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.

 

Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Vision

RIT will achieve greatness through difference as students, faculty and staff model inclusive excellence.

Mission 

The Division of Diversity & Inclusion works collaboratively with academic and administrative units to provide a holistic range of services that enhance access and success for historically underrepresented students, faculty and staff, support education and scholarship, and ensure a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant and accessible environment for everyone.

 

 

Diversity at RIT

Throughout your life, you’ll interact with people from different cultures and from every continent. Your success will depend on your experience with and understanding of cross-cultural issues, here and abroad.

At RIT you’ll live and study with over 2,635 international students from 102 countries. In addition, more than 2,000 students of color have elected to study at RIT, embodying our commitment to diversity. Adding a social and educational dynamic not found at any other university are more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students supported by RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Human diversity is essential to organizational growth and synergy. These differences create points of tension that spark alternative viewpoints and ideas and ignite the kindling forces behind creativity and innovation. To that end, the mission of the Division for Diversity & Inclusion is to foster living, learning, and working environments that support and incorporate principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.

The variety of backgrounds and perspectives represented in the RIT community enriches the learning experience for all. As you interact on team-based projects, in residences halls, and in day-to-day activities, we believe you will be enriched and better prepared for the opportunities and challenges of global interdependence.

Our Inclusive Excellence Framework provided one of the guiding principles for RIT’s Strategic Plan ‘Greatness through Difference’ 2025