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Diversity at RIT

We embody the commitment to diversity through our mission to foster living, learning, and working environments that support and incorporate principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and community. Learn more at:

Our Programs

At RIT you’ll encounter a variety of backgrounds and perspectives from RIT faculty, staff and students that enriches the learning experience for all.  Your success will depend on your experience with, and understanding of, cross-cultural issues as you interact on team-based projects, in classrooms, and your day-to-day activities across the campus.  There are a number of campus initiatives supporting faculty and staff of underrepresented groups.

NSF Advance Grant at RIT

The AdvanceRIT project is funded through a multimillion dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. RIT is one of only 44 US universities with an active ADVANCE program, and one of 16 campuses awarded with the Institutional Transformation grant. 

AdvanceRIT’s goals are to increase the representation of women STEM faculty at RIT and to increase their representation among our campus leaders. Through its programs and initiatives, AdvanceRIT has worked with administration to enhance policies and procedures such as tenure clock extension, flexible work arrangements, parental leave, and other issues that impact the  recruitment, retention and advancement of faculty. 

AdvanceRIT’s Connectivity is a series of workshops, speakers and panel sessions designed to address strategies and competencies related to:

  • Career navigation
  • Work-life balance
  • Leadership
  • Recognition of work
  • Scholarship

Additionally, AdvanceRIT offers Connect Grants to encourage faculty leadership and career development, mentoring, networking and research collaboration.  These mini-grants broaden faculty opportunities and enhance plans of work associated with tenure and promotion preparation and overall career advancement.

Be sure to check out all that AdvanceRIT has to offer.

AALANA Faculty and Staff Association

The association is dedicated to creating learning and working environments that are conducive to the needs and aspirations of African American, Latino/a American and Native American students and employees of RIT.

Council for the Representation and Engagement of Women Faculty

This is an advisory council to the Provost in support of retaining and promoting career success of women faculty at RIT.

Faculty Associates

The Office of the Provost developed a Faculty Associates Program that enables faculty members to focus their attention and talents on areas of priority for the university and Academic Affairs while providing leadership and support to their colleagues. There are six Faculty Associates who serve in a non-traditional leadership role at RIT. They include:

  • AALANA Faculty - works closely with the campus leadership to identify strategies that help AALANA faculty succeed and thrive at RIT.
  • Women Faculty - serves as a liaison for women faculty across the campus and to help develop a support network for female faculty.
  • Non-Tenure Track Faculty - identifies ways to better support non-tenure track faculty by developing a vision and a long-term plan for the professional and career needs of this vital group of faculty.
  • ADVANCE - PI for our ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant, and leads a large effort in supporting female faculty working in STEM fields.
  • General Education - support faculty, advisors and students to foster improvement in the general education experiences.
  • Partnership for Effective Access Technology Research & Development - collaborates with cross-disciplinary teams pursuing research and development that target enhancements in accessibility for individuals.

Q Center

Working for the well-being of the LGBTQIA community on RIT’s campus, the Q Center fosters an educational environment in which faculty, staff and students can succeed personally, academically, and professionally.

Women in Computing at RIT (WIC)

Women in Computing empowers women in computing fields to succeed and thrive at RIT and beyond. Although geared toward students, the program offers networking and mentoring opportunities for faculty. WIC also holds an annual “Hackathon” to inspire innovative technologies.

Women in Engineering at RIT

Women in Engineering encourages and prepares female students for leadership roles within the engineering profession. Women engineering faculty are involved in a number of activities to support this program including speakers’ series, career development programs, and K-12 initiatives.

Women in Science (WISe)

WISe plays a central role in engaging and advancing women in the sciences and mathematics fields. In addition to encouraging females students to explore the sciences, this program supports women faculty through their academic careers with professional development activities and events.

Women in Technology

Housed in the College of Applied Science and Technology, this program is designed to inspire young women to explore and consider the possibility of a technical career. Women faculty engage with students to expand their network with industry professionals.

The Division for Diversity & Inclusion

The Division for Diversity & Inclusion  is a vital resource for developing and implementing campus wide initiatives and programs that foster an inclusive living, learning and working environment while incorporating principles of equity, diversity and inclusive excellence.  Through various programs and special projects, the Division continues to foster relationships between faculty, staff, students and the Greater Rochester Community. Programs and offices under the Division for Diversity & Inclusion include:

  • Multicultural Center for Academic Success
    The Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) is committed to maximizing the academic potential and holistic development of students by creating an inclusive, student-centered environment. By keeping academics first and foremost, MCAS strives to become a nationally recognized model for academic excellence and student success.
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
    The RIT Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program serves a diverse group of talented RIT second- and third-year students who are interested in pursuing post-baccalaureate education. The RIT McNair Scholars Program provides enriching scholastic experience that prepares eligible scholars for graduate education, with an emphasis on doctoral studies.
  • Native American Future Stewards Program
    This program seeks to recruit Native scholars to RIT, easing their transition to a campus environment while ensuring their academic, social and professional success.
  • Higher Education Opportunity Program
    Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is funded jointly by RIT and the State Education Department through the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) grant. HEOP is committed to the recruitment and academic success of historically disadvantaged students with strong academic potential and personal initiative who would otherwise be excluded from higher education at a private New YorkState college or university.
  • I'm First
    I’m First at RIT fosters first-generation college student participants’ academic success.
  • MOSAIC Center
    MOSAIC creates a student-centered inclusive space for multicultural community building, individual expression, and the exchange of ideas through collaborative cultural, educational, and social experiences.
  • MOCHA: Men of Color, Honor and Ambition
    Men of Color, Honor, and Ambition designed for male students of color where they can participate in a series of monthly workshops offered by faculty, staff, and community leaders; foster a sense of community and bonding with each other and other male role models of color through social outings; and support their health awareness and development through their participation in wellness activities.
  • WOCHA: Women of Color, Honor and Ambition
    Women of Color, Honor and Ambition was developed for historically underrepresented women in a predominately technical university. There are monthly workshops  on leadership development, healthy lifestyles, financial literacy, Self-E (self-esteem and empowerment), and community engagement.
  • D.I.V.A.S. Determined Individuals Victoriously Achieving Success
    DIVAS provides a variety of social, educational, and service activities to a small group of multicultural women at R.I.T.
  • Rochester City Scholars Program
    This scholarship program covers full tuition for graduates of the Rochester City School District and approved charter schools who are admitted as freshman to full-time study in baccalaureate programs at RIT. 
  • Diversity Theatre
    Diversity Theatre at RIT uses theatre and theatrical techniques as a means of creating meaningful audience experiences within the context of diversity and inclusion education.
  • Diversity Education
    Training programs for faculty, staff and students that help impart knowledge, awareness and skills to enhance inclusive behavior.
  • Campus Multicultural Programs 
    Supports a number of on-campus events for students and organizations such as the Multicultural Greek Council.

Other Programs

Expanding Beyond RIT

Although we only recruit for faculty positions within the Rochester Institute of Technology, we do receive a number of requests from postdoctoral, fellowship and association programs.  These programs are simply an opportunity for you, as a scholar, to increase your breadth of research, participation and leadership within your discipline, making you a strong candidate in the academic job market. We will continue to update this page as additional programs are brought to our attention.