makes progress toward goal of achieving an ethnically diverse
to achieving a thriving, diverse campus is producing measurable
results. The university has nearly doubled the number of professors
from under-represented ethnic groups.
In fall of 2002, 26
of 84 (31 percent) new full-time faculty were African American,
Latin American or Native American (AALANA). RIT now has 54 full-time
AALANA faculty, comprising 6 percent of full-time faculty; Asian
Americans also make up 6 percent of the faculty.
RIT is also making
strides in terms of minority enrollment with 243 AALANA freshmen,
or 10 percent of the class (an RIT record). Another record: 15
percent of transfer students were AALANA.
In addition, RIT opened
the North Star Center for Academic Success and Cultural Affairs.
The center serves as a source of guidance for the recruitment,
retention and graduation of RITs AALANA student population.
Eulas Boyd, assistant
provost for diversity and director of the North Star Center, explains
that the center helps students access services including scholarships;
organizes a summer program aimed at academic, cultural and personal
development; plans periodic seminars on societal issues; and serves
as a base for several ongoing outreach programs for the pre-college
students in the Rochester area. A key effort is the North Star
Society, which supports and recognizes students for excellence
in academic work, ethical/character development, and community
have services, says Boyd. What sets us apart is the
North Star Society. That is at the heart of what we do.
What we have
done this past year is remarkable, unbelievably outstanding,
says President Albert J. Simone. Our efforts are a great
beginning. However, recruitment of minority faculty requires an
ongoing commitment to achieving diversity. Recruitment must be
seen as a continuous journey.
Stanley McKenzie, provost
and vice president of academic affairs, agrees that now is not
the time to rest on any laurels. Despite the terrific success
we had last year in hiring AALANA faculty, our percentages of
AALANA faculty remain below national averages in nearly all of
our departments. We need to continue the efforts with equal commitment
this current year.
For more information
on the North Star Center, visit: www.rit.edu/~nscenter