Luticha Doucette is a former Ms. Wheelchair New York (2011) and was 2nd Runner Up at Ms. Wheelchair America 2012 with a platform of science education for those with disabilities. She has also served as a judge and head judge for the New York pageant. Her passion for science also translated to her previous job as a researcher/bioinformaticist in genomics at the University of Rochester. In the summer of 2015 she embarked on a different career path as a research analyst for the newly formed Mayor’s Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives; a data driven strategic team funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies that reports to Mayor Lovely Warren. In this new role, she and the i-team will be tackling key issues as assigned by Mayor Warren herself. In her free time, she enjoys facilitating discussions on racism, serves as a peer mentor for people with disabilities as well as a founding and board member of Rochester Adaptive Adventures—a nonprofit organization focused on bringing inclusive recreational activities into existing community programs. When not engaging in social justice, Luticha loves to fence at the competitive level, crochet, read, travel internationally to such places as Hong Kong, and in 2008 she was an ambassador to Costa Rica through Mobility International USA exchange.
“I loved RIT because it was a place to explore different areas of interest and make amazing connections with faculty and staff. Unfortunately, due to many illnesses, in order to graduate I had to transfer to SOIS. I wish I had known about it when I first started! The ability to choose the classes I wanted to take, as well as the focus on experiential learning was what I realized had been missing from my entire academic career. SOIS's structure matched my own learning style and I am grateful to have been with them, even if for a short time. SOIS is the choose your own adventure of RIT and for those nontraditional students like me, it's a perfect fit.