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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).


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. 

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
Survey Questions & Results

Wednesday, September 25, 2018
The Subtle Effects of Discrimination
College of Science Panel Discussion
Gosnell 3365

Monday, August 13, 2018
Faculty Teaching Exchange Workshop 
Gannett Hall, Room 1104

Friday, August 3, 2018
RIT Undergraduate Symposium
Seven IE Research students presented at the symposium. This was the culmination of a 10 week reseaerch mentoring program (faculty mentors were paired with students on summer research projects).  

Friday, July 20, 2018
IE Leadership and All Team Retreat
Offsite, 9am-4:30pm

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Global Village, Crossroads River Room, 1pm-2pm
Ice Cream Party for SEED* and IE Research Students and their mentors
*Summer Research Internship Program for Economically Disadvantaged High School Students

Monday, June 25, 2018
IE Leadership Team and Cohort Participants Ice Cream Social
Global Village, Crossroads River Room, 1pm-2pm
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