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Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE)

In June of 2017, College of Science faculty, staff and students launched a five-year plan to foster a more inclusive environment across the College. The Inclusive Excellence initiative is funded by a $1M grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).


The Inclusive Excellence (IE) initiative will increase infrastructure, resources and expertise to strengthen inclusion in STEM education—embracing perspectives, strengths and insight from a multicultural base of faculty, staff and students in the College of Science. Included in this population are transfer students and first-generation students.

Over the 5-year project timeframe, the intent is to build community with multiple opportunities for discussion and formal and informal peer-collaboration. The goal is to engage 70 percent of the College of Science faculty (including new hires), and a majority of students in project activities, which will lead to campus-wide participation. The focus is on three distinct areas that support successful student experiences: Research/Mentoring, Classroom Practice/Teaching and Informal Community.

This program is supported in part by a grant to RIT from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Science Education Program.

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Recent and Upcoming Events:

RIT faculty, staff and students take part in community-building discussions and outings highlighting on-topic experiences for the Inclusive Excellence initiative. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Q&A: Transgender and Non-binary Identities
Faciilitated by Alan SMerbeck, Department of Psychology and Christopher Hinesley, Women's and Gender Studies
Gosnell 1300
1pm - 1:50pm

Saturday, March 23, 2019
GSoLS and SCMS Combined Experience
Unconscious Bias & Bystander Awareness - Playback Theatre
Facilitated by Tina Chapman DaCosta—Director, Diversity Theater
NTID, LBJ 259011am - 1pm

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Attending to Mental Health
Facilitated by Dr. Alan Smerbeck, Department of Psychology
Gosnell 2300
1pm - 1:50pm

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Expressions of King's Legacy—Facilitated Post Event Discussion
Campus Center Bamboo Room
2pm - 3pm
Light refreshments

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Gosnell 2300, 1pm-1:50pm

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Intersectionality in the Sciences: How our many identitities shape our experiences. Panel discussion open to all faculty, staff and students.
Gosnesll 2300, 1pm - 1:50pm

Friday, January 18, 2019
Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Recruitment Fair
Opportunity for 1st year STEM students  (including transfer students)
Gosnell 1300, 12pm-1pm
Gosnell 2300, 2pm-3pm

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
How Metacognition Supports Classroom Inclusion
Panel of IMPRESS students discuss their experience. Brief of Metacognition Classroom Teaching.
Gosnell 3365, 1pm-1:50pm
Open to all faculty, staff and students

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 
1:30pm - 3:30pm, Internationally Acclaimed Jane Elliott-Keynote: Power, Perception, and Prejudice
3:30pm - 5:30pm, Reception and Photo Opportunity
FREE to all faculty, staff and students
Open to the Rochester Community 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The 2018 COS Faculty Survey on Inclusion: Results and Discussion
Gosnell 3365
Survey Questions & Results

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The Subtle Effects of Discrimination
College of Science Panel Discussion
Gosnell 3365


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