Program I: Provost Summer Intensive American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Experience

Program I:

Provost Summer Intensive American Sign Language and

Deaf Culture Experience

June 16 to 27, 2014

This program is now closed to applications.

The aim of this annual program, sponsored by the RIT Office of the Provost, is to enhance interactions among deaf and hearing members of the RIT community. The program is administered by the office of ASL Training and Evaluation (ASLTE) at NTID.

Focus of Program I

Participants will:

  • Develop basic conversational American Sign Language skills,
  • Receive an introduction to Deaf culture, and
  • Analyze and understand the dynamics of deaf and hearing interactions.

This program is designed for faculty and staff with no or minimal knowledge and skills of American Sign Language and/or Deaf Culture. It is open to faculty and staff who represent various academic and non-academic areas of RIT, with the exception of the College of NTID.


The two-week long program runs from June 16 to 27, 2014, at Rosica Hall.

Week One

  • Monday, June 16:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 17:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 18:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 19:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, June 20:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Week Two

  • Monday, June 23:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 24:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 25:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 26:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, June 27:  9:00 am – Noon


All program costs associated with this professional development experience will be assumed by the Institute. Lunch will be provided for full day sessions.

Selection Process

A maximum of fifteen participants will be supported.  Every effort will be made to ensure that the selected participants represent a diversity of roles and areas within the RIT Community. Selection will be based on the following:

  • Interest in learning American Sign Language, Deaf culture, and deaf and hearing interactions
  • Ongoing contact with D/deaf individuals within RIT
  • Rationale for how the applicant’s use and continued development of ASL skill will positively affect the RIT Community
  • Willingness and ability to participate in this program for the full two weeks

Program Expectations

Participants are expected to:

  • Attend all all of the program sessions listed above
  • Satisfy all training objectives
  • Serve as ongoing ASL and deaf/hearing resources for colleagues in their home departments
  • Use and continue to develop their ASL skills following this introduction

Expected benefits of this program include greater cross-cultural exchange among hearing and D/deaf members of the RIT Community, as well as greater accessibility for D/deaf faculty, staff and students within the various areas of RIT.