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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).

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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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
Unconscous 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 
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The 2018 COS Faculty Survey on Inclusion: Results and Discussion
Gosnell 3365
1pm-1:50pm
Survey Questions & Results

Wednesday, September 25, 2018
The Subtle Effects of Discrimination
College of Science Panel Discussion
Gosnell 3365
1pm-1:50pm

 

Contact Us

Email: InclusiveExcellence@rit.edu