Connect Grants Open Call

All current tenured and pre-tenured RIT faculty are eligible to apply for a Connect Grant. The AdvanceRIT project supports the funding of awards for eligible women faculty within STEM/SBS disciplines.  The Office of the Provost has provided support to expand the Request for Proposals to all full-time, tenured and pre-tenured faculty in all disciplines.  The Connect Grants Program is available to individuals, faculty groups (formal or ad hoc), and academic units. Successful grant proposals must support one or more of the AdvanceRIT project goals and objectives.

These mini-grants encourage leadership and career development, mentoring, networking and research collaboration, while enhancing and advancing the university’s multifaceted initiatives and scholarship infrastructure.

Grant Schedule for AY 2016

Request for Proposals:  December 12, 2016                

Proposals Due:  February 13, 2017   

Decisions Announced:  March 16, 2017                          

Funding Available:  May 1, 2017

Funding End Date:  April 30, 2018                                     

Final Report Due:  May 31, 2018

Connect Grant Application Submission

Connect to to download the application template and complete the application form.  Please direct questions regarding proposals to  

Additional information be found on our new Connect Grants webpage.

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The AdvanceRIT Resource Allocation Committee referred to as RAC at RIT consists of nine committee members dedicated to obtaining, analyzing, and disseminating crucial information regarding the allocation of resources to faculty by gender. Over the past year, the RAC has focused on conducting a detailed gender equity salary study.  The primary impacts of the RAC’s recent activities are to collaboratively engage faculty and administrators from across campus, and to create an effective process for annual salary studies, while also improving the understanding and perception of faculty salary related processes.

The results are in, and faculty rank, years in rank, terminal degree earned and AALANA status all play a noteworthy role in faculty salary here at RIT.

Click here for more information about RAC at RIT.


Unconscious Bias Handouts

Bias in Recommendation Letters

Recommendation Letters. Not All Are Created Equal.

According to research, letters of recommendation for women differ greatly than those of men. You should consider reviewing proper use of language, gender bias statements, and length, prior to writing this nature of letter.

The five general concepts to be aware of include the following and in parenthesis are % of usage found in letters of recommendation of women vs. men:

  1. Length of Your Letter and Level of Assurance (15% women, 6% men)
  2. Use of Gender in the Letter (10% women, 5% men)
  3. Doubt Raisers Add Uncertainty (24% women, 12% men)
  4. Stereotypical Language Included (16% women, 4% men)
  5. Grindstone Language Noted (34% women, 23% men)

We encourage you to read, utilize, and share this document that provides examples of bias in letters of recommendation to watch out for, and ultimately avoid.

When is it OK to interrupt?

Aware and active bystanders can support norms of inclusion and interrupt awkwardness from unconscious biases -- ultimately creating space for all people to do their best work. But it is natural for bystanders to freeze or to "diffuse responsibility" and hope others will speak.  Practice helps. Our NSF funded AdvanceRIT institutional transformation project promotes an inclusive campus community and uses interactive presentation as one mechanism to empower active bystanders. Included in the attached document are general pointers, and possible tactics to use when one finds themselves directly or indirectly challenged by an uncomfortable situation.

Please read this handout for specific examples: Bystander Awareness

Also, we are excited to announce our new Advocates & Allies page on the AdvanceRIT website. Here you will find information about the recently launched program, have quick access to the current advocates, and printable resources if you are interested in becoming an Advocate or Ally. Contact Betsy Dell, PI, or Robert Garrick, Lead Advocate, with any questions.

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