Rebecca L. Johnson
Associate of the University
Dr. Rebecca L. Johnson provides direct support to the President of RIT through her role as Associate of the University. She is a volunteer who is enjoys being active on campus and in the greater Rochester community.
On campus, Dr. Johnson serves on several advisory boards: Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS), Determined Individuals Victoriously Achieving Success (DIVAS), and Women of Color, Honor, and Ambition (WOCHA). She has played an important role in the initiation and ongoing development of RIT’s Rochester City Scholars Program. She served on RIT’s 2016 Unconscious Bias Task Force, and takes part in RIT’s Diversity Theatre. An active proponent of civic engagement, she taken a visible role in encouraging student voting and political participation through initiatives such as RIT’s 2016 “Roar the Vote” and service on RIT’s working group “Taking Action: Students”, formed to support RIT’s international students. She is a founding committee member of RIT’s Gray Matter series, which aims to promote civil campus discussion of divergent views on important topics. She mentors students, serves on search committees, and is an informal advisor to several students and student groups.
As a strong proponent of the RIT’s movement toward greater sustainability in both its operations and its educational offerings, Dr. Johnson sits on RIT’s Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee, and has served on several previous campus environmental committees. She is the founder of the greenRITnetwork (gRIT). She played a contributing role in the founding of RIT’s “Goodbye, Goodbuy” and “FoodShare” programs.
Dr. Johnson’s contributions have been recognized by awards from Student Government, MCAS, RIT’s Staff Recognition program, the “Goodbye, Goodbuy” program, the Criminal Justice Seniors’ award, and others.
In greater Rochester, Dr. Johnson is a past president of the Board of Directors of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. She is deeply interested in communication as a tool for resolving conflict and promoting social justice. She is a student and teacher of Nonviolent Communication. She facilitates conversations about race in the Rochester community. She is a certified mediator with the Center for Dispute Settlement of Rochester and Central New York (CDS). She has promoted the use of restorative justice practices through her volunteer work with CDS and with Partners in Restorative Initiatives (PiRI).
Dr. Johnson received a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America. Dr. Johnson is married to President Bill Destler.