Diversity

University Advancement

RIT is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, and we hold the belief that a diverse community is among an institution's greatest strengths.

We strive to help create a welcoming campus and ensure that we are recruiting world-class students, faculty, and staff whose experiences and viewpoints vitalize the academic and student life experience.

Across 11 colleges, almost 20,000 students, approximately 4,000 faculty and staff, and nearly 140,000 alumni, we are one university that draws its strength from a multitude of races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, cultural traditions, ages, religions, abilities, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

As Advancement professionals, we are pleased to share our division's mission, shared values, and our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with you, our valued constituents.

Mission

At Rochester Institute of Technology, our mission in University Advancement is to shape the future and improve the world through creativity and innovation. As an engaged, intellectually curious, diverse, and socially conscious community, we leverage the power of technology, the arts, and design for the greater good. In the Division of University Advancement at RIT, we are dedicated to advancing this mission by fostering deep and meaningful connections with alumni, parents, friends, and organizations with the goal of increasing the resources available to the university through greater volunteer engagement and increased philanthropic support. As Advancement professionals, we seek support from a variety of investors to ensure a life-transforming RIT education is accessible to the talented students who seek to join us. We collaborate with the RIT community to lead with premier faculty, grow student research opportunities, expand experiential education, build innovative maker and learning facilities and improve the world through research and discovery. Great things are happening at RIT, with so much more to come. Consider submitting your application to join us on our journey as we work together toward a shared destiny. We’re driving progress, we’re shaping what’s possible, and we’re transforming the future by transforming RIT.

Values

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In University Advancement, we build sustainable relationships through these guiding principles:

  • Leveraging our collective knowledge by working collaboratively,
  • Embracing the diverse strengths, experiences, and perspectives of others,
  • Acting with respect, accountability, and trustworthiness,
  • Driving purposeful and innovative work to support and benefit the RIT community.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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RIT’s Division of University Advancement is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. All members of our division are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive work environment where diversity is celebrated and valued. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with each other, our constituents, and our broader communities. We are dedicated to developing and implementing best practices to promote even greater diversity through our employee retention and hiring, accessibility, marketing materials, constituent engagement, and in pursuit of our philanthropic goals.

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