Hard to believe that the snow is finally melting and we only have a few weeks left of classes in the spring semester! AdvanceRIT is offering eight (8) more events over the coming weeks focused on faculty salary, faculty promotion, program evaluation, and active bystander awareness and action. The workshops are all interactive, high-quality, and carefully designed to maximize participant learning. We are especially excited about featuring key experts from within RIT and beyond within the offerings to share insights and knowledge with our campus community. Our upcoming workshops are all in support of our vision of “Reimagining our Careers and Campus Culture.” At RIT, we are on a journey of transforming our university towards a more inclusive university environment which aligns directly with the refined RIT strategic plan. The AdvanceRIT project goal is to increase the representation, retention, and career advancement of women faculty in STEM and SBS fields with a focus on women faculty of color and deaf and hard-of hearing women faculty. Check out our website which lists project objectives in support of this goal and much more information at https://nsfadvance.rit.edu/.

Bystander Awareness and Action Workshops with Professor Maureen Scully & RIT Diversity Theater

  1. Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 1:00 – 3:30 PM, SAU-1510 (1829 Room)
  2. Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 5:00 – 7:30 PM, SAU-1510 (1829 Room)
  3. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, SAU-1510 (1829 Room)

All full-time faculty members, academic leaders, and staff who work closely with our students are invited to attend an interactive workshop which focuses on bystander awareness and includes time for discussion, practice, role-playing (voluntary), and practical take-a ways.

Professor Maureen Scully (left) from University of Massachusetts in Boston has visited RIT several times to lead effective bystander awareness education workshops through AdvanceRIT and in collaboration with RIT’s Diversity Theater. Tina Chapman DaCosta (right), Director of RIT Diversity Theater, has partnered with AdvanceRIT on several occasions to present interactive theatre-based workshops. This spring, Dr. Scully and Tina Chapman DaCosta will offer a uniquely designed workshop using Playback Theatre, a form of improvisational theatre where participants share stories that are enacted on the spot. This workshop is for department chairs/academic leaders, full-time faculty, and staff who work closely with our students. This event is hosted by AdvanceRIT in collaboration with Student Affairs, Division of Diversity & Inclusion, Title IX Office, Ombud’s Office, Human Resources, and several units within Academic Affairs.


The 2.5 hour session includes a 30 minute intro by Dr. Scully, 90 minutes of practice and role-play with Diversity Theater Playback Theatre actors, 15 minutes of wrap-up/debrief, and 15 minutes of session feedback and resource table networking.


Register for any one of the identical sessions using the links below:

  1. Tuesday, May 1, from 1:00 – 3:30 PM, register here
  2. Tuesday, May 1, from 5:00 – 7:30 PM, register here
  3. Wednesday, May 2, from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, register here


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Let's Talk About Money: Understanding RIT Pay Practices

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Time: 12:30 – 1:50 PM

Location: SAU-2510 (Mosiac)

All full-time faculty members are invited to attend an interactive workshop where participants will be shown salary-related resources available today, exploring how to shape future thinking and discussions regarding salary.

This is a hands-on session so participants should bring a laptop. Over the 80-minute session, we will discuss what RIT has learned from past studies regarding faculty salary and then participants will explore salary-related resources. We will also discuss and examine helpful background information. More specifically, you will:

  • Realize lessons learned from past salary studies conducted at RIT
  • Obtain salary-related information from Oracle and HR website and check accuracy
  • Understand RIT salary processes

Workshop facilitators include Professors Margaret Bailey (KGCOE), Carol Marchetti (COS/Math), and Maureen Valentine (CAST) from the AdvanceRIT Leadership Team, as well as Judy Bender and Christine Ross from RIT Human Resources. The event is co-sponsored by P&T SMARTS, CREW, and Advocates & Allies.

Register here.

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What's Your Impact? Evaluating Programs & Grants with Dr. Liz Litzler

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Intended Audience: Current & past Connect Grant recipients, Connectivity Series participants, plus any interested faculty & staff

Dr. Liz Litzler is the Director of the University of Washington Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity, and has evaluated some of AdvanceRIT’s programs. Her presentation will share results from the evaluations of the Connect Grants and the Connectivity Series. Many stakeholders participated in the evaluations, and AdvanceRIT wants to share the outcomes and impact with the RIT community. The session will also engage attendees through a discussion of the results and solicit thoughts about moving these programs forward.

The reports Dr. Litzler will review are attached here: Connect Grants and Connectivity Series.

Register by April 19th here. Space is limited.


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Michigan CRLT Players, Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns - Session Recap

On February 28th and March 1st, Michigan Players presented a two-session, theater-based workshop series that explored student’s experiences of marginalization. Participants engaged in difficult conversations concerning differences in identity while also considering how to create inclusive and equitable spaces within and outside of the classroom. This large event had nearly 350 attendees and received very positive feedback!

Examples of participant feedback from surveys collected right after the event include:

“I think it was great & eye opening how many different ways these situations could occur”

“Always great to see this format, very effective theatre-based presented”

“Loved this one- very thought provoking”

“Thank you! These workshops have been so important for myself and I hope for all the students I plan to teach. Thank you for making me a better instructor”

“I think the session explored today was great. I did not think there needed to be more situations because we had a great opportunity to engage with the issue/ session”

Look out for future AdvanceRIT events focused on enhancing RIT’s inclusive excellence while creating a positive work and learning environment across campus!

Photo shown above taken by Sue Weisler, RIT Photographer.

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Dr. Margaret Bailey receives Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Faculty Pluralism Award!

Margaret Bailey, Ph.D., PE, Professor of Mechanical Engineering (KGCOE) and Senior Faculty Associate to the Provost for AdvanceRIT, is the 2017-2018 recipient of the Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Faculty Pluralism Award. Margaret will be recognized for her outstanding contributions to the enhancement of diversity across RIT at the Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Congratulations to Dr. Bailey on this considerable accomplishment!

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