Join the movement of advancing diversity and inclusion at RIT

Three-days of exciting programming will occur on campus in early April – the events which are described below offer a high-level of engagement designed to promote and support positive and productive dialogue on campus related to inclusion.  We have created these experiences to advance and deepen our collective understanding of inclusion on a college campus and to provide us with opportunities to learn more about the language and methods available to help us to identify and address unconscious bias in our workplace.  AdvanceRIT and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion are excited to collaborate with many campus partners in offering these events to our campus community. 

Hope to see you during these events!

Margaret Bailey, AdvanceRIT Principal Investigator

Kevin McDonald, Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

RIT Diversity Theatre Presents:

Photograph 51 -A Readers Theatre Performance

By Playwright Anna Ziegler, Directed by Tina Chapman DaCosta

Wednesday, April 6th 2016

6:30 PM, Student Innovation Hall SIH 87-1600, The Albert J. Simone Center

Join us for this moving and thought-provoking portrait of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. This is a free event, but registration is recommended to ensure seating and all members of the RIT Community are encouraged to participate. There will be a panel discussion immediately following the performance. AdvanceRIT, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, National Institute for the Deaf and the Office of Graduate Studies are excited to be hosting this event. 

Please register for this event at:

Please request interpreting via Access Services for this event. 

The Fence

Thursday, April 7th 2016

Two performances, 9:00 -11:00 AM and 2:00 - 4:00 PM, 2210-2220 Louise Slaughter Building

RIT again welcomes the acclaimed Michigan Players for a repeat performance, this time featuring their production of “The Fence,” which focuses on topics and situations experienced by faculty and academic administrators in the areas of promotion, tenure, and institutional climate.  In 2013, the Michigan Players visited RIT and presented a performance focused on a faculty search committee meeting which was widely acclaimed on-campus.   A touring theatre company housed in the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan, the CRLT Players create research-based performances that examine current issues in higher education. Providing a ‘fly on the wall’ perspective, the performances focus on the tenure and promotion process and how gender and faculty rank influence dynamics and the decision-making process of tenure committees. The deadline to register for this event is Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 5:00 PM. SPACE IS LIMITED.  Because this production is focused on the faculty promotion and tenure process, all faculty and staff/administrators with a strong interest in this evaluative faculty process are encouraged to attend.

For the 9:00 – 11:00 AM event, register here:

For the 2:00 – 4:00 PM event, register here:

Please request interpreting services via Access Services for these events.

Bystander Awareness and Action with Guest Speaker: Professor Maureen Scully

April 8th, 2016

11:30 AM -1:00 PM: Talk/Research on Bystander Awareness, Rosica Hall (53)-1180

Maureen Scully co-created the term “tempered radicals” to explore how insiders in organizations can use their insider knowledge to advocate for change and support organizations in being more inclusive, socially responsible, and effective.  Dr. Scully is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she previously served as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Interim Dean. She has also been on the faculty of the MIT Sloan School and the Simmons School of Management.  She studies and conducts workshops on “bystander awareness and action.”  Allies are vital for change efforts.  Yet often a silence falls when something inappropriate is said or done. Bystanders of good will are likely to freeze.  With a new lens on what’s at stake and some practical tactics at hand, bystanders can instead pivot a situation, so that inclusivity and equal opportunity are upheld as values.  Come learn more about how to mobilize – and to join – the active bystanders.  This session is focused on bystander awareness within the workplace, all faculty and staff/administrators with an interest in the topic are encouraged to attend.

RSVP by March 31, 2016 at 5:00 PM. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Lunch will be provided for the talk.  Please register for this event and include dietary restrictions with RSVP to:

Please request interpreting services via Access Services for these events.