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RIT receives three grants totaling $2.8 million to support diverse students
Monday, October 23, 2017

Rochester Institute of Technology received three grants totaling $2.8 million to help underrepresented minority students receive access and support in their education. RIT’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion secured new funding for three national outreach programs:

  • Upward Bound Classic Program
  • RIT’s Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
  • The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program
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RIT awarded $1.3 million Department of Education grant for upstate area’s first Veterans Upward Bound program
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Area veterans will have the opportunity to attain college degrees and enter some of the area’s fastest growing employment sectors through Veterans Upward Bound, a national outreach program that will be based at Rochester Institute of Technology. The university and an extensive group of community partners, including the Veterans Outreach Center, are coordinating a program to support veterans as they progress toward postsecondary education and career prospects.

“People were using the majority of their GI benefits trying to get ready for college, only to find that when they finally get into a college program, they have limited funds left to complete their degrees,” said James Lee, principal investigator of the Veterans Upward Bound grant for RIT, adding that veterans with high school diplomas or GED preparation often needed some remedial coursework to qualify for university degree programs and used their benefits for this preparation.

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Shearer and GCCIS acknowledged for strides in hiring diverse faculty
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kim Shearer, director of operations and college liaison for Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS), received the 2017 Changing Hearts and Minds Award. The annual award recognizes efforts to enhance diversity among the faculty ranks and further RIT’s overall commitment to diversity.

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Diverse candidates to visit RIT for Future Faculty Career Exploration Program
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

When colleges and universities seek to recruit new faculty, search committees sometimes struggle to include diverse applicants in the candidate pool. Rochester Institute of Technology’s Future Faculty and Career Exploration Program (FFCEP) aims to address this issue.

The program will welcome 17 diverse prospective faculty to campus Oct. 2–4 to explore teaching and post-doctoral opportunities at the university. The program focuses on recruiting prospective candidates from those nearing the completion of their Master of Fine Arts, doctoral study or post-doctoral assignments.

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RIT now among the top 100 universities in the nation
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rochester Institute of Technology is now among the top 100 universities in the nation, having jumped 10 places in the “National Universities” category, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings.

RIT, which just last year moved into the top “National Universities” category due to its rapid increase in research and Ph.D. graduates, this year ranked 97th out of 311 universities in this prestigious category, which includes some of the nation’s best known colleges and universities.

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RIT receives two new awards recognizing accomplishments in diversity and inclusion
Monday, September 11, 2017

Two organizations recently presented Rochester Institute of Technology with awards recognizing the university’s efforts in creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

For the fourth year in a row, RIT received a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. The award honors colleges and universities that show an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. RIT will be featured, along with 79 other recipients, in the November 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Universities are measured based on the level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs, and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff. RIT is the only university in Rochester to make the list.

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New RIT president shares vision for the future cites university’s unique strength in connecting technology, the arts and design
Friday, August 25, 2017

Rochester Institute of Technology is “truly unique in American higher education, shaping the world through creativity and innovation,” President David Munson told the audience gathered in Gordon Field House for the annual presidential welcoming address.

Munson, who became RIT president July 1, said he’s been “in the listening and learning mode over the past few months.”

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RIT welcomes its most diverse freshman class ever
Friday, August 18, 2017

The 2,800 first-year students about to enter RIT are a talented group and the most diverse class in the university’s 188-year history. The entering class was selected from a record more than 20,500 applications. The class boasts strong academic credentials: a mean high school grade point average of 92, a mean SAT score of 1283 and a mean ACT score of 29.

And while enrollment figures will not be confirmed until mid-September, early counts indicate that 29 percent of the first-year class self-identifies as people of color, up from 26.9 percent the previous year, with 17.5 percent from traditionally underrepresented minority populations, up from 15 percent a year ago. Deaf and hard-of-students are 8.5 percent of the class.

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Lea Vacca Michel recognized for her work enhancing gender diversity and inclusiveness at RIT
Friday, May 12, 2017

Lea Vacca Michel, associate professor in the School of Chemistry and Materials Science, received the 2017 Edwina Award at the Women’s Career Achievement Dinner on April 24. This honor is given to a faculty or staff member for his/her significant contributions to enhance gender diversity and inclusiveness at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Brendan John aims to pave the way for more Native Americans pursuing STEM degrees
Monday, May 8, 2017

Hard work, engagement with his community and dedication to research have defined Brendan John’s time at Rochester Institute of Technology, and he is poised to take the next step in pursuing his dream of becoming a professor.

John, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computational mathematics and a Master of Science in computer science, recently earned a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship that will provide him funding to pursue a doctoral degree in computer science at the University of Florida.

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