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RIT earns national recognition as ‘Diversity Champion’ by ‘INSIGHT Into Diversity’
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine named Rochester Institute of Technology a Diversity Champion for the third consecutive year. The national distinction aims to identify schools that exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels.

“For the third year in a row, RIT remains in the top tier of our elite list of HEED Award institutions and continues to show tremendous leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity. “All Diversity Champions are recognized as outstanding role models for diversity and inclusion for all institutions of higher education across the U.S.”

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RIT receives $5 million state grant to build its Global Cybersecurity Institute
Thursday, June 28, 2018

The planned Global Cybersecurity Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology got a tremendous boost with the receipt of $5 million grant through the New York State Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program.

The grant, combined with designated funding from a donation made by 2009 RIT alumnus Austin McChord, will go toward construction of a 45,000-square-foot building to house the new institute. The institute will address the critical workforce needs in cybersecurity through education and professional development programs and will conduct research to advance the fields of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

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RIT’s Engineering professor inducted into international Women in Technology Hall of Fame
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Santosh Kurinec, an engineering professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, was one of six influential women from around the world honored for their work as visionaries in technology, engineering and science and inducted into the Women in Technology Hall of Fame. Since 1996, Women in Technology International has recognized women whose work helps shape and improve society.

Kurinec, a microelectronic engineering professor in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering, is an expert in photovoltaics, solar cell technologies and integrated circuits—the essential elements of today’s electronic devices.

The university was cited for success providing study abroad opportunities to students with disabilities
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The U.S. Department of State recognized Rochester Institute of Technology for success providing study-abroad opportunities for students with disabilities. RIT was named to the inaugural list of U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2016-2017. The Gilman Program aims to make international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds.

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Hamad Ghazle honored as 2018 Edwina Award winner as advocate for diversity and inclusion
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

In his recommendation letter, Hamad Ghazle was described as refreshing, positive and someone who ensures that new students in his college feel welcomed, included and most of all, capable. For these qualities and his advocacy for gender diversity on campus and in the community, Ghazle was honored with the 2018 Edwina Award at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Division of Diversity and Inclusion celebrates outstanding RIT community members
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion (DDI) recognized some of the university’s greatest proponents of diversity and inclusion with annual awards presented at the DDI Celebration of Excellence on April 25.

Among the awards distributed this year were the new DDI Vice-President and Associate Provost Awards, created to recognize leaders who embody respect, outstanding leadership, unwavering support and commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts at RIT. 

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CIAS grad proud to wear stole representing heritage and hard work
Saturday, April 28, 2018

When Elizabeth Sheffield crosses the stage at graduation, she’ll do so wearing a special stole that exemplifies her heritage, hard work and the tremendous support she has received from her Native American tribe during her four years at RIT.

Sheffield, a fourth-year animation student in the School of Film and Animation at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, is a proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and will be wearing a special stole that reads Chikasha Holitoplichi, meaning Honors Program.

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RIT selects medical educator and administrator for 2018 Minett Professor
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Brenda Lee, a medical educator and medical school administrator, was appointed the 2018 Frederick H. Minett Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Lee has previously served appointments at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. In 1987, she was appointed as an assistant professor in the Division of the Medical Humanities and the assistant dean for medical education and student affairs at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD). She held a permanent appointment on the URSMD Admissions Committee, designed an annual African American History Seminar Series and was a member of the Double Helix Curriculum’s Diversity Theme.

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$50 million moment - alumnus makes largest gift in RIT history
Friday, January 26, 2018

Students, faculty, staff and alumni gasped and then cheered when they heard the real announcement: A 2009 alumnus is giving RIT $50 million, the largest donation ever made to the university and one of the largest ever in the region.

The unprecedented gift comes from Austin McChord, founder and CEO of Datto, a Connecticut-based data protection company with engineering and support offices in downtown Rochester.

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RIT provost Jeremy Haefner stepping down for a new opportunity at University of Denver
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jeremy Haefner is stepping down as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Haefner, RIT’s provost since July 2008, will become the provost and executive vice chancellor at University of Denver, effective July 15. He will remain at RIT through this academic year.

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