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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).

Overview

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. 

November 18 - (Virtual)
Diversity Theater Workshop for COS Students
(topic tbd by students)
4pm - 5:30pm - Zoom

Wednesday, October 21 - (Virtual)
Discussions With George M. Johnson
Award-winning journalist, consultant, activist
George has written on race, gender, sex, and culture
1:30pm - 2:20pm - Zoom webinar 

Wednesday, October 7 - (Virtual)
Community Building During Physical Distancing
A Special Virtual Diversity Theater Workshop for All RIT Students
Presented by RIT Division of Diversity and Inclusion
Workshop Online with Diversity Theater's Playback Theatre
4pm - 5:30pm - Zoom

Thursday, July 30 - (Virtual)
Community Understanding and Healing: Stories of Discrimination and Progress
Presented by RIT Division of Diversity and Inclusion
Workshop Online with Diversity Theater's Playback Theatre
11:30am - 1pm - Zoom

Thursday, June 25 - (Virtual)
Community Understanding and Healing: Stories of Discrimination and Progress
Presented by RIT Division of Diversity and Inclusion
Workshop Online with Diversity Theater's Playback Theatre
11:30am - 1pm - Zoom

Fridays, 12pm - 1pm - (Virtual)
Inclusive Excellence Book Club  
Beginning Friday, June 19, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, an IE Book Club will meet weekly via Zoom to discuss a variety of  books we will read together focusing on the many goals and aspects of the Inclusive Excellence initiative, including the ever-prominent societal racial injustice.   

Our first book is How to be an Antiracist. Registration is open through Thursday, June 18. Sign up here. If you are interested in joining after the deadline or have questions, contact Scott Franklin at svfsps@rit.edu. For participants who do not want to obtain a personal copy of the book, individual chapters will be made available in pdf and audio book formats through MyCourses.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - (Virtual)
Building Community During Social Distancing
Diversity Theater Workshop
Zoom - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - (Canceled) 
Resolving Conflict
Discussion: Facilitated by Marykatherine Woodson and Sean Watson
Assistant Directors, Center for Residence life
Gosnell 2300
1pm - 1:50pm

Friday, March 20, 2020 - (Canceled)
Community Discussion: How Poverty, Racism and Marginalization Affect Student Learning
Gosnell 2300
1pm - 1:50pm

Friday, March 6, 2020
COS Staff Workshop #2
What is Privilege?
Gosnell 3365
12pm - 1:50pm
Open to all COS staff
Facilitated by Lea Vacca Michel

Friday, February 7, 2020
Rick Guidotti - POSITIVE EXPOSURE: The Beauty of . Our Shared Humanity
Internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer, founder and director of POSITIVE EXPOSURE, utilizing the visual arts to celebrate human diversity.
Keynote: 2pm - 3:30pm - Webb Auditorium (James E. Booth 1350)
Reception/Book Signing: 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Thomas H. Gosnell Atrium)

Monday, December 16, 2019
COS Staff Workshop #1
Unconscious Bias
Gosnell 1300
Open to all COS staff
Facilitated by Lea Vacca Michel

Friday, December 13, 2019
Workshop: COS IE Transformative Experiences
SLA 78-CIMS 2230
1pm-3pm
Open to All COS faculty, staff and students
Facilitated by Tina Chapman DaCosta—Director, Diversity Theater

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
End of Year IE Celebration
Gosnell Atrium
9:30am - 11:30am

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Student Support Services: Mental Health and Wellnes
Gosnell 2300
1:00pm-1:50pm
Open to All COS faculty, staff and students

Wednesday, Novmber 20, 2019
Workshop: Active Bystander Awareness
SLA (78-CIM 2230)
1pm-3pm
Open to All COS faculty, staff and students
Facilitated by Tina Chapman DaCosta—Director, Diversity Theater

Friday, November 8, 2019
What students wish faculty knew
Gosnell  2300
1pm - 1:50pm

Friday, October 11, 2019
Workshop: Active Listening: Strategies for better communications with students, faculty and staff
Gosnell 2300
1pm - 1:50pm

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
Microaggressions 
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
1pm-1:50pm
Survey Questions & Results

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The Subtle Effects of Discrimination
College of Science Panel Discussion
Gosnell 3365
1pm-1:50pm

View past events here

Contact Us

Email: InclusiveExcellence@rit.edu