Mercy High School Students Invited to Experience RIT!

Seventh and eighth graders to attend career workshops on campus April 21

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Rochester Institute of Technology is offering opportunities for the next generation of women leaders. In a collaborative initiative with Our Lady of Mercy High School, the university is offering seventh and eighth grade students the opportunity to spend the day on campus to attend workshops led by RIT professors and students.

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 21, with a program kickoff and welcome at 8:30 a.m. at RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business, Building 12. Speakers include: Heather Knowles and Jen Bell, Women in Business student group officers; Dean Ashok Rao, Saunders College; and Kit Mayberry, Mercy trustee and RIT vice president for special projects.

“An anticipated takeaway from the various discussions and hands-on activities on the day is not only an awareness but a developing appreciation by the girls for ways they can combine their skills, interests and education to become productive citizens and leaders in our global economy,” says Peter Rosenthal, assistant director of recruitment and marketing at the Saunders College.

Morning workshops include: Marketing—Will Your Idea Sell? hosted by Saunders College of Business; What’s Behind Imaging Science? hosted by the College of Science; and Get up and Go Computing hosted by the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Mercy students will be treated to a luncheon and panel discussion by RIT’s Women in Business and Women in Computing students, followed by optional campus tours, which are also open to their parents.

For more information about the RIT and Mercy collaboration—which offers curriculum development and cross-educational opportunities—contact Peter Rosenthal at (585) 475-2294 or