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

In June of 2017, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute awarded RIT $1 million to conduct the 5-year project.


Rochester Institute of Technology is one of 24 institutions nation-wide to conduct a 5-year project to increase diversity and inclusivity among undergraduate science majors, which includes developing a strategy for supporting their success. These initiatives will serve as national models for other institutions.

The project 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 natural sciences. Included in this population are transfer students and first-generation students.

Over the 5-year project timeframe, the goal is to engage 70 percent of the College of Science faculty (including new hires), and a majority of students in project activities. The intent is to then expand participation campus-wide. The focus is on three distinct areas (strands), which support successful student experiences: the research lab, classroom environment, and inclusive community. Read More

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. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Gosnell 8-A300, 4pm
The Inclusive Excellence team invited the RIT community and Rochester School for the Deaf families to a private showing of The Silent Child—a short film. This 20-minute film is one of five 2018 Academy Award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film. Directed by Chris Overton, written by and starring Rachel Shenton, the film tells the story of a deaf 4-year-old girl named Libby who lives in a world of silence. A caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate and changes her life. Open-cationed, the film will be followed by a post-show discussion with interpreters. 

Thursday, January 24, 2018
A group of Inclusive Excellence team faculty, staff and community members attended the RIT 36th Expressions of King's Legacy Celebration featuring Marc Lamont Hill, host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People, a critically acclaimed soul band; and local poet and lecturer REenah Golden performed. A post-event discussion took place. 

Monday, December 11, 2017
Carlson 76-1275, 6-9pm
Title: SoPA Movie Night
Faculty Powerpoint Karaoke! Students sent the strangest presentation they could find and watched School of Physics professors attempt to give the talk! After the fun, they watched the movie Real Genius together.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Gosnell 8-3305; 2-3pm
WISe Coffee Chat
Title: Inclusive Communication
Open discussion on the common miscommunications between faculty, staff and administration

Monday, November 27, 2017
Brown Hall - 1110
WISe Coffee Chat for Graduate Students
Title: Mental Health
Learn what resources are available to you

Sunday, October 22, 2017
A group attended the play "Smart People" at Geva, followed by a suprise talk-back with the actors. 
Smart People: On the eve of the 2008 Presidential Election, four intellectuals find themselves embroiled in a complex web of social and sexual politics. Brian, a neuroscientist, is studying the brain’s responses to race and its societal implications. Ginny, a psychologist, is studying low-income Asian-American women’s reaction to stress. Jackson, a young doctor, has opened a clinic for low-income patients. Valerie, a talented actor, is struggling to make ends meet by working as a maid. Everyone wants to be successful, to find love, and to feel as if they’ve made a positive impact on the world. But what influence does race have on that quest? A brilliantly hilarious and incisive play by the playwright, Lydia R. Diamond.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Gosnell 8-3365, 1:25pm - 2:20pm
WISe Coffee Chat
Writing Letters of Recommendation: a faculty discussion to share ideas
Interested faculty are invited to share ideas about letters of recommendation, including what to write (and what not to), what to ask for from students, and how to write difficult letters. 

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