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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, 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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