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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 a 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.

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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, May 9, 2018
CIMS 2210-2240, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
5th Annual CASTLE Symposium
Recognition of Inclusive Excellence (IE) Leadership Team and IE summer research students

Monday, April 23, 2018
Gosnell 8-2300, 12:20pn-1:15pm
Workshop - Kristina Mitchell
Gender Bias in Student Evaluations
Note: This seminar is followed by a coffee chat at 3:30pm in Brown Hall 1100

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Liberal Arts Hall, 6-1251, S. Mckenzie Commons, 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Faculty Coffee Chat
Flip the Script: Seeing strengths in students (and faculty), not deficiencies
This is a bring a friend coffee chat. You are encouraged to bring a friend, student or colleague, especially one with a characteristic/strength you admire.

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