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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. 

Interested in event handouts, presentations, etc.?  Click Here

Friday, April 30, 2021 (Virtual)
IE Brown Bag Inclusion Conversations Series
Food Insecurity
Facilitated by Sharon Kompalla-Porter, Associate Director, Center for Residence Life
Rita Margarida Magalhães, Inclusive Excellence Program Coordinator
12-1pm

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 (Virtual)
Adapting Course-Based Research to Virtual Learning Environments to Make STEM Education Accessible to All Students
IE Guest Seminar Speaker Dr. Franco Delogu, Lawrence Technological University
1:25-2:15pm

Friday, April 16, 2021 (Virtual)
IE Brown Bag Inclusion Conversations Series
Environmental Justice
Facilitated by Rita Margarida Magalhães, Inclusive Excellence Program Coordinator
12-1pm

Friday, March 19, 2021 (Virtual)
IE Brown Bag  Inclusion Conversations Series
Picture a Scientist (in collaboration with RIT/Advance showing of the film and panel discussion)
Facilitated by Rita Margarida Magalhães, Inclusive Excellence Program Coordinator
12-1pm

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - (Virtual)
IE Staff Survey Results Discussion
Facilitated by Rita Margarida Magalhães, Inclusive Excellence Program Coordinator
1:25-2:15pm

Friday, March 5, 2021 - (Virtual)
IE Brown Bag Inclusion Conversations Series
The Accusation: Unpacking Perceptions and Realities of the Title IX Process at RIT
Facilitated by Stacy DeRooy, Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance
Darci Lane-Williams, Assistant Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance
Kara Maki, Associate Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences
Rita Margarida Magalhães, Inclusive Excellence Program Coordinator
12-1pm 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - (Virtual)
The Hidden Curriculum
Facilitated by Rita Margarida Magalhães
Program Coordinator, Inclusive Excellence
1:25-2:15pm

Friday, February 12, 2021 - (Virtual)
IE Brown Bag Inclusion Conversations 
Black in STEM
All are welcome
Facilitated by Rita Margarida Magalhães, Ph.D.
Inclusive Excellence Program Coordinator 
12-1pm

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - (Virtual)
Inclusive Mentoring Practices
All COS faculty invited
Facilitated by Lea Vacca MichelResearch Strand Lead, Inclusive Excellence
& Rita Margarida MagalhãesProgram Coordinator, Inclusive Excellence
1:25-2:15pm

Friday, January 8, 2021 - (Virtual)
Brown Bag Inclusion Conversations Series
How Have You Contributed to Inclusion and Belonging This Year?
All COS faculty invited.
Facilitated by Rita Margarida Magalhães, Ph.D., Inclusive Excellence Program Coordinator
& Jen Connelly, Ph.D., Inclusive Excellence Initiative Community Strand Lead
12-1pm 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - (Virtual)
COS Student Mental Health: Survey Report and Discussion
All COS faculty and staff invited
Facilitated by Rita Margarida MagalhãesProgram Coordinator, Inclusive Excellence
& Jaime CastilloRIT Student Affairs Mental Health Therapist (embedded in COS)
1:25-2:15pm

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - (Virtual)
Shared Holiday Experiences: Stories of Inclusion, Exclusion, Cultural Awareness, and Traditions
Diversity Theater Playback Theatre Workshop
4pm - 5:30pm

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - (Virtual)
How Inclusion is Communicated (or not) Through the Course Syllabus
1:25pm - 2:15pm

Friday, November 20, 2020 - (Virtual)
Brown Bag Inclusion Conversations Series
21-Day Racial Equity Challenge Debrief
12-1pm

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - (Virtual)
Diversity Theater Workshop for COS Students
(topic tbd by students)
4pm - 5:30pm - Zoom

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - (In-Person Limited and Virtual)
Listening Circle on Mental Health - For COS Students
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - (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, 2020 - (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, 2020 - (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, 2020 - (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, 2020 - (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)

 

View past events here

Contact Us

Email: InclusiveExcellence@rit.edu