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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Michigan Players return to RIT for a workshop featuring mid-tenure review, hiring practices and promotion readiness
“The Chair’s Role in Faculty Mentoring” is three, thematically-related vignettes presented in an interactive workshop format that explores the department head’s role in faculty mentoring—discussing a review letter with a junior faculty member, welcoming a new faculty hire and discussing promotion readiness to the rank of professor with an associate professor. Developed to showcase positive and potentially problematic mentoring behaviors, these interactive vignettes allow department heads and other academic leaders to consider alternative means to create a more positive climate for faculty mentoring, both structurally in their department’s policies and interpersonally in the behaviors adopted and used with faculty colleagues.Read more
Founder of Girls Who Code inspires women in technology at ACM New York Celebration of Women in Computing Conference
Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, will help celebrate and inspire women in computing at a talk April 21 at Rochester Institute of Technology. Saujani is the keynote speaker for the ACM New York Celebration of Women in Computing Conference hosted April 21–22 at RIT.
Drawing from her book, Women Who Don’t Wait in Line, Saujani will advocate a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course, both personally and professionally.
As many of you know, I will step down as your president this summer after 10 years in this role. Rebecca and I can only offer our heartfelt thanks for the support and encouragement that all of you have offered.
We are, of course, proud of what has been accomplished during this decade, but mostly we are proud of you—our students, faculty, staff and alumni. The efforts of all of you to improve the experience that RIT students receive during their tenure here simply amaze us.Read more
Gender equity is not just a women’s issue, said Marcos Esterman, and he is part of a campus group that believes it is attainable if men and women work together. Esterman is a member of Advocates & Allies, a new campus program in which male colleagues help improve campus culture overall and support advancement of female faculty.
With women underrepresented nationally in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, as well as academic leadership positions, such advocacy is seen as necessary for leveling the playing field.Read more
A Rochester Institute of Technology professor won funding from the National Science Foundation to develop an inclusive approach to physics graduate education admission and retention of traditionally underrepresented U.S. citizens.
Casey Miller, associate professor and director of RIT’s materials science and engineering graduate program, is collaborating with the American Physical Society on a $428,022 NSF Research Traineeship award in Innovations in Graduate Education to increase diversity and physics Ph.D. completion rates among women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans.Read more
Native Americans make up only 1 percent of college students in the U.S. and are often the first in their families to go to college. Naomi Lee was in that 1 percent.
Accepted at several universities, Lee chose RIT for its academics and proximity to family on Cattaraugus Indian Reservation near Buffalo, N.Y. She excelled in science as an undergraduate and continued in graduate school at the University of Rochester as a biomedical research assistant. Today, Lee ’05 (biochemistry) is a post-doctoral researcher of molecular genetics and microbiology at the University of New Mexico.Read more
Award given by RIT’s Office of Faculty Recruitment honors the couple’s campus and community diversity initiatives
RIT President Bill Destler and his spouse, Rebecca Johnson, were presented the 2016 Changing Hearts and Minds Award from the Office of Faculty Recruitment for their commitment to furthering diversity and inclusion, particularly in support of recruiting and retaining diverse faculty.
“The award is a way to recognize acts of true commitment and understanding of what it means to develop and model inclusive behavior,” said Renee Baker, executive director of RIT’s Office of Faculty Recruitment during a ceremony on Sept. 30. “Dr. Destler and Dr. Johnson exemplify the spirit of inclusion and truly advance the vision of RIT’s commitment to diversity.Read more