Michigan CRLT Players, Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns

Registration is open until February 21!

Please join us for a two-hour interactive, theater-based workshop titled Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns, presented by the Michigan Players. The Michigan Players invite participants to think together about the many forces that can shape campus climate both positively and negatively. Built around a series of vignettes that explore students' experiences of marginalization, each session offers a space where participants can practice engaging in difficult conversations about and across differences in identity while also reflecting on their personal responsibilities to cultivate inclusive and equitable spaces within and outside of the classroom.

The workshops are hosted by the AdvanceRIT project in close collaboration and support from several key campus partners. This two-session workshop series is based upon work supported by the NSF under Award No. HRD-1209115.


More details regarding the two-session workshop series, and registration information, are found below.

MARIAM Session - Two Performances on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in the University Gallery

The “Mariam” Session offered at 9:00 – 11:00 am and repeated at 1:25 – 3:25 pm, is an interactive workshop involving five actors where participants will:

  • Analyze a series of bias incidents from the perspective of a targeted student
  • Reflect on their own experiences of marginalizing behavior-- as target, aggressor, or bystander
  • Explore strategies for intervening effectively when they observe marginalizing behavior and for responding productively when a concern about their own behavior is raised


For the 9:00 – 11:00 am event, register here: http://bit.ly/Michigan-Mariam-AM)

For the 1:25 - 3:25 pm event, register here: http://bit.ly/Michigan-Mariam-PM


CARTER Session - Two Performances on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in the University Gallery

The “Carter” Session offered at 9:30 – 11:30 am and repeated at 1:20 – 3:20 pm, is an interactive workshop involving two actors where participants will:

  • Consider the impacts of an 'isolated' bias incident on a targeted student
  • Reflect on the ways they listen to others' stories about negative experiences of climate at RIT
  • Develop strategies for responding to concerns shared with them in ways that might mitigate rather than exacerbate existing climate concerns


For the 9:30 – 11:30 am event, register here: http://bit.ly/Michigan-Carter-AM

For the 1:20 - 3:20 pm event, register here: http://bit.ly/Michigan-Carter-PM


Light refreshments and interpreting services will be provided. Please consider requesting interpreting services for table discussions during the event, and for networking sessions before and after the event.


Register by February 21, 2018 at 5:00pm. Space is limited.

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2018 Connect Grant Recipients

The Connect Grants drive discovery and learning within an environment that supports the development of project proposals and the process of peer review. These mini-grants award funding to tenured and pre-tenured faculty to support projects that encourage leadership and career development, mentoring, networking and research collaboration, while enhancing and advancing the university’s multifaceted initiatives and scholarship infrastructure.

This year, six projects and their PIs were awarded Connect Grants:

Capacity-Building for Broader Impacts Contributions to STEM and Science Policy Research

PI – Evelyn Brister, Associate Professor of Philosophy, CLA


Developing Reflective, Instrumental and Transformational Women Leader Area: Leadership Development

PIs - Dr. Kara Maki, Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences, COS; dt ogilvie, Professor of Urban Entrepreneurship, SCB

Co-PIs – Christy Tyler, Professor of Life Sciences COS; Dr. Leslie Kate Wright, Associate Professor of Life Sciences, COS


Applying 3D Modeling Techniques to Help Understand the Developmental Biology of Echinoderms

PI – Hyla Sweet, Associate Professor of Life Sciences, COS

Co-PIs – Marla Schweppe, Professor of Design, CIAS; Glen Hintz, Department Chair of School of Art, CIAS


Hybrid Documentary Film with Virtual Reality Component- Undocumented Taxi Drivers Chasing the American Dream

PI – Ambarien Alqadar, Assistant Professor of Film and Animation, CIAS


Undocumented Voices of Deaf Women Leaders: A Historical Analysis

PI – Deirdre Schlehofer, Assistant Professor of Cultural & Creative Studies, NTID

Co-PI – Octavian Robinson, Professor of Cultural & Creative Studies, NTID


Development of a Support Group for RIT's International Faculty

PI – Jerrie Hsieh, Associate Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management, CAST

Co-PIs – Amanda Bao, Professor of Civil Engineering Technology, CAST; Muhammet Kesgin, Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management, CAST


To learn more about the Connect Grants, please visit nsfadvance.rit.edu.

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Promotion Package Prep (P cubed): Celebrating Promotion

AdvanceRIT, Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women Faculty (CREW), and Faculty Career Development facilitate the formation of peer support groups for faculty submitting their packages for promotion to full Professor and Senior or Principal Lecturer. These teams are referred to as Promotion Package Prep or “P³” (P cubed) Groups.

The P³ Group started in 2016 and the first group consisted of women faculty from five different colleges (COS, KGCOE, CAST, GCCIS, and NTID). Out of this group, six submitted their proposal packages and all were promoted to full professor. Based on the positive feedback from participants the first year, we broadened the effort and we now coordinate the formation of P³ Groups for ALL interested tenured faculty seeking promotion to full Professor and lecturers seeking promotion to Senior or Principal Lecturer. We expect to announce formation of 2018 P³ Groups later in February 2018. Those who are considering or planning to submit for promotion to full Professor are encouraged to attend a panel session on April 6, 2018 with senior leaders: Promotion to Professor: Strategies for Presenting a Strong Case. Visit https://nsfadvance.rit.edu/programsInitiatives/p3.php for more details on this program.

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First Women’s Caucus launched as part of RIT Academic Senate

New shared governance organization focuses on advocacy and collaboration on important women’s issues

Carol Marchetti, professor of statistics, AdvanceRIT co-PI, and coordinator of the RIT Women’s Caucus, formally launched the Women’s Caucus, a new campus advocacy organization, at the Nov. 16 Academic Senate meeting.

Professor Marchetti shared her vision for the caucus as one of advocacy and involvement. Continue reading at: http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=65111&source=enewsletter

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AdvanceRIT Fall 2017, Session Recaps

Creating Vibrant Learning Environments Workshop with Dr. Linda Manning, University of Ottawa

[One three-hour workshop on November 3, 2017]

This interactive workshop for staff in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences School of Film and Animation, explored the effects of social group norms on student learning and teaching effectiveness.

Participants reported a greater awareness of the meaning of a vibrant learning environment, inclusive of all students. About a month after the workshop, people described motivation to cultivate vibrant learning environments in their own classrooms, believing they could make a difference in students’ lives for the better.



Bystander Awareness Education Workshops with Professor Maureen Scully, University of MA & True Story Theater Troupe

[Six two-hour workshops occurred between October 24th & November 7th, 2017]

This workshop series aimed to help participants understand our reluctance to be an active bystander and learn how to overcome that to make a difference. Sessions were offered for staff, academic leaders, and faculty. Almost 80% of the 72 staff, academic leaders, and faculty in the College of Liberal Arts who attended the Bystander Awareness workshops reported an increased awareness of incidents that could be helped with bystander intervention, and have shared with others what they learned in the session. Half of the survey respondents reported taking action as a bystander since attending a workshop. Most interviewees reported feeling safe to discuss bystander awareness incidents overall (79%), but slightly fewer feel safe being an active bystander in the classroom (60%) and department meetings (58%).

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