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W.O.C.H.A.: Women of Color, Honor and Ambition

  • W.O.C.H.A.: Women of Color, Honor and Ambition
  • W.O.C.H.A.: Women of Color, Honor and Ambition
  • W.O.C.H.A.: Women of Color, Honor and Ambition
  • W.O.C.H.A.: Women of Color, Honor and Ambition

Women of Color, Honor and Ambition, a new program co-sponsored by RIT’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, is open to all female students who are in their second- through fifth-years of study at the university, with an emphasis on woman of color. It is a one-year initiative developed for historically underrepresented women in a predominately technical university to enhance leadership ability, build comradery, access mentorship and open networking opportunities.

The program will consist of a series of monthly workshops offered by faculty, staff and community professionals focusing on leadership development, healthy lifestyles, financial literacy, Self-E (self-esteem and empowerment), and community engagement. The WOCHA program aims to create an inspiring vision of the future by developing a quality education and lifelong learning where women will explore, develop and share their skills, experiences and resources.

Program Goals

  • Create an inspiring vision of the future by developing a quality education and lifelong learning where women will explore, develop and share their skills, experiences, and resources.
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle in mind, body and spirit which promotes meaningful dialogue between and among groups that increases the understanding of varied perspectives and the nature of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Build a set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with their financial resources by building connections with existing corporations and women owned businesses to provide training opportunities.
  • Create and sustain positive self-esteem and self-empowerment by proving opportunities to acknowledge overall self-worth and awareness.
  • Increase community engagement where students spend time serving in the community meeting actual needs, learning and reflecting.

Five Foundational Pillars of W.O.C.H.A.

  • Leadership Development
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Financial Literacy
  • Self-E (Self-Esteem and Self-Empowerment)
  • Community Engagement

WOCHA in the News

WOCHA: New Women of Color, Honor and Ambition program opens nominations for first class

Donor Spotlight - WOCHA Advisory Board Members

RIT launches new diversity leadership program

RIT Launches USEED Campaign for New Women’s Leadership Program

WOCHA Aims To Help Underrepresented Women On And Off Campus

WOCHA visits Many Voices, Many Visions with Norma Holland, Part 1

WOCHA visits Many Voices, Many Visions with Norma Holland, Part 2

 

 

Applications for the 2017-2018 Cohort are now OPEN!

View Application Here! 
Applications close March 15.

 

Contact our WOW Council

Candi Boston
Assistant Director of Diversity & Family Programs
Alumni & Parents Annual Giving Programs
cabalum@rit.edu
585.475.4279

Janette Frank
College Alumni Relations, Program Assistant
Alumni & Parents Annual Giving Programs
janette.frank@rit.edu
585.475.4489

Natasha Rogers Dailey
Controller's Office, College Partnerships
Payroll and Accounts Payable Dept.
Accounts Payable Specialist
njrbsr@rit.edu
585.475.6933

Stephanie Paredes
Manager, Multicultural Programs
Diversity & Inclusion, Center for Campus Life
sxpnsc@rit.edu
585.475.6444

Tomicka Wagstaff Ed.D
Senior Director of Academic Access and Support Grants
tcgnsc@rit.edu
585.475.6259

Venessa Mitchell Ed.D
Director Engineering Diversity Office/ECCO Center
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
vmmeme@rit.edu
585.475.2162