Category Archives: Student Life

2015 Imagine RIT

Imagine RIT, the nationally acclaimed festival now in its eighth year, returns to the RIT campus on May 2, 2015 with more than 400 examples of innovation and creativity, all showcased through interactive exhibitions, demonstrations and live performances. More than 30,000 people are expected to visit the RIT campus for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of food, entertainment and children’s activities combine to make the event a fun, family-friendly environment. Mark your calendar to join us! More.

Tigers Care!

Tigers Care is a new campus wide effort to enhance, promote, and sustain a culture of caring and support at RIT. Tigers Care began as a collaboration of Student Affairs and student groups and is about reaching out to those who are facing challenges and directing them to helpful resources on campus.

The end of the academic year is often a stressful time for students.  Please read below a list of resources (not inclusive of all the excellent resources available on our campus) that can be helpful for students who are having a difficult time. 

Resources at RIT 

Student Behavior Consultation Team (SBCT)- (585)475-3963

The Student Behavior Consultation Team (SBCT) assists students who may be in distress or experiencing challenging or difficult life circumstances. SBCT also provides consultation and intervention when students exhibit aggressive, concerning or disruptive behaviors. 

Student Counseling Center – (585)475-2261

The Counseling Center offers students a range of services intended to provide support, problem-solving, symptom-reduction, insight, education, and personal grow to enhance student learning and success. Counselors fluent in American Sign Language are available for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

NTID Counseling and Academic Services – (585)475-6288

NTID counselors provide personal, social, career and academic counseling services to all deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT. Every RIT/NTID student has a counselor assigned to work with them. Go to the website to identify your student’s counselors and their appropriate contact information. 

Center for Women and Gender – (585)475-7464

The Center for Women and Gender, a confidential Title IX resource,  offers short term relationship counseling, as well as support, and advocacy regarding sexual assault, stalking, violence in relationships, and harassment and discrimination experiences. 

Student Health Center – (585)475-2255

The RIT Student Health Center provides high quality primary health care and education to students, including psychiatric services, women’s health care, contraception counseling, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

Student Wellness Services – (585)475-3963

Student Wellness Services includes prevention, education, counseling and support for students and addresses the following issues: alcohol and other drugs, smoking cessation, eating disorders, nutrition, supplements, stress reduction, contraception, wellness support, and referrals to other resources. 

Center for Residence Life – (585)475-6022

In an emergency, after hours and on weekends there is an on-call system that can be assessed through Public Safety. In addition, Residence Life staff are assigned to residential areas on campus and keep regular business hours. 

Academic Support Center – (585)475-6682

The Academic Support Center’s programs and services provide students with the individual and group opportunities needed to become successful, active learners. 

Center for Religious Life – (585)475-2137

The Center for Religious Life is a place of personal and community exploration within the diverse and rich religious, cultural, and spiritual traditions of our campus community. All are welcome! 

 Public Safety – Emergency: (585) 475-3333; Text: (585) 205-8333;

Public Safety, available 24/7, 7 days a week, responds to emergency situations involving RIT students. Public Safety staff provide a wide variety of security services and prevention programs to the campus community including victim and witness assistance, escort service (mobile and walking), motorist assists, apartment lock-outs, and emergency first-aid.

RIT Tiger Trail Women Return From Nine-state Relay

Photo by: Kyle Hofsass

After eight days, nine states and 1,400 miles, 15 past and present members of the women’s cross country and track and field squads arrived back home at RIT on March 29. The runners, including RIT/NTID student-athletes Julie Kerchner and Amanda Dole, spent their spring breaks on the relay dubbed the Tiger Trail to raise awareness and funds for the Tigers for Tigers Coalition. More.

Share Achievements on Merit

Encourage your student to share achievements through Merit. Merit lets students share their successes — such as making the Dean’s List, joining a club or fraternity, studying abroad, getting a job and even graduating — with their friends and family through their social media networks. Each RIT student has a Merit profile page. More

Students Learn to Speak Without Talking in ‘No Voice Zone’

Although their classes may be done for the day, the learning isn’t, as hundreds of RIT students gather at 10 p.m. each Wednesday in the CSD Student Development Center.

The hour-long session, called “No Voice Zone,” or NVZ, has hearing students flocking to learn sign language and information about deaf culture from students at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

“It’s important for me to communicate with deaf and hard-of-hearing students on campus and to learn from them about their culture,” said Lorenny Mota, a graduate student in professional studies from the Dominican Republic, who attended her first NVZ in October.

NVZ was started in the winter quarter of 2000 by two former residence advisers who wanted to provide something for students to do during the winter, when there were fewer activities. Twenty or 30 students attended the first meetings that year; this year, more than 300 students typically attend. Those who come 10 times get a free T-shirt.

“This is something that has really bloomed in the last few years,” said Ashley Meyer, coordinator of Residence Life, which sponsors NVZ. “It’s amazing that this amount of people want to take advantage of this opportunity to learn some sign language.”

Rachel Berry, a first-year engineering exploration student from Fairmount, N.Y., knew basic fingerspelling before she attended NVZ this year. Each week, she’s expanding her sign language vocabulary.

“It’s a great way to learn more about deaf culture and interact with others in the community,” she said.

An interpreter voices during the first few minutes when the group gathers. The rules are explained, then several groups are formed with others who have similar experience in sign language, from beginners to those who can carry basic conversation to experienced signers.

The groups occupy the first and second floors of the SDC. Each person is asked their name, where they are from and what they are studying. They learn the words they are most likely to use in their conversations. Portable white boards are used to write on. Themes are chosen each week, often to tie in with other events, such as LGBT Ally Week and Latin America Deaf Club activities.

Some group leaders are interpreting majors, like Richard Loya of Sylmar, Calif. He was new on campus three years ago, studying civil engineering technology. Seeing more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students on campus, his curiosity about them caused him to want to learn sign language.

“I think I was probably fascinated by the language,” Loya said. He switched majors and now has a goal to become a professional interpreter.

Karen Blanco, a third-year nutrition management major from Caracas, Venezuela, also attends NVZ each week. “I love it. I really do,” she said. “I made many deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing friends here.”

She knew “nothing at all” about sign language or deaf culture prior to coming to RIT.

“It is so worth it,” Blanco said. “It might feel awkward at first, but friendships built here are truly lasting.”