The Women's Council was the inspiration of Aileen Vanderbilt Webb, RIT's first woman trustee. Through the motiviation of Marcia Ellingson, wife of former RIT president Mark Ellingson, the Woman's Council was founded from a small group of friends of the Institute who were eager to volunteer their time and talents to advance RIT.
As a measure of the Council's value to RIT, one of our members represents the Council on the Institute's Board of Trustees and serves on Board committees.
The Women's Council of RIT 2011-2012 Officers & Committee Chairs
The purpose of the Women's Council of RIT is to stimulate interest and promote understanding of the Institute within the community, to provide an educational program about the Institute to its members, and to be of service to the Institute. The council is committed to participating in a variety of projects that advance the interest in and support of the Institute.
We have been described as "key ambassadors for RIT" and we are proud to serve as a significant link between RIT and the community. As goodwill ambassadors, we can promote a better understanding of the University and its quality career programs. In addition, through a variety of special projects, we are able to increase the circle of friends for RIT and many worthwhile Institute activities. By simulating interest in and supporting the value of an RIT education, we offer opportunities that are satisfying experiences to our members. The Council's meetings acquaint members with RIT programs, faculty, staff, students and the broad array of campus activities that enrich both the RIT education and the community.
Our 2009-2010 year has been a busy one.
We have awarded scholarships to deserving women, donated to the RIT Ambulance Corp, purchased and donated books to the Wallace Library, held a very successful "Glass Pumpkin Patch" event and had our luncheon programs with guest speakers. The Council also makes annual contributions to the RIT campus childcare center Margaret's House to fund annual scholarships. We also added 8 new members to our organization. Please click here to read about all we've done this year.