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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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IE Dissemination

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. 

Interested in event handouts, presentations, etc.?  Click Here

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 (GOS-1174 with Virtual Option)
IE Distinguished Speakers
Scott David Cohen on Inclusive STEM Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 (Virtual)
IE Distinguished Speakers
Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, Dr. Lauren Wadsworth: Authors of "Did That Just Happen?! Beyond "Diversity" - Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations"

Monday, November 1, 2021 (Virtual)
IE Seminar Series
Dr. Michael J. Williams: Continuing the Search for Equity, Advancing the Need for More Representation of Black Scientists in Optics and Photonics

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 (Virtual)
IE Seminar Series
Workshop: Transparent Assignments
Facilitated by Leah Bradly, Assistant Director of Educational Effectiveness Assessment

Beginning September 17 (Virtual)
Inclusive Excellence Book Club
IE Book Club will meet bi-weekly via Zoom to discuss "Did That Just Happen?! Beyond "Diversity" - Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations".
September 17, October 8, October 15, October 29, November 12, November 19, December 3

View past events here

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Inclusive Excellence Summer Research Experience for Students. Learn More Here