Diversity Initiatives and Access

The Diversity Initiatives Office in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences is committed to providing an inclusive and equitable environment for all of its students.

Women in Computing

Women in Computing (WiC) is dedicated to expanding the representation of women in computing and preparing women for leadership roles within Computing. Hundreds of women students participate in our computing career-focused programs and events each year.

Learn more about Women in Computing

Computing Organization for Multicultural Students

Computing Organization for Multicultural Students (COMS) is devoted to increasing the number of underrepresented students in computing. COMS provides a community to promote a successful graduation rate and helps students prepare for leadership roles within the diverse field of computing.

Learn more about Computing Organization for Multicultural Students

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

What makes RIT the best choice for deaf and hear-of-hearing computing students? The Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, in collaboration with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, is committed to providing deaf and hard-of-hearing students with outstanding access and support services, such as interpreting services, note-taking, real-time captioning, and tutoring/advising.

Learn more about Access and Support Services

NTID also offers individualized pre-baccalaureate programs to help students prepare for specific RIT programs. Contact the NTID Admissions for more information.

Faculty Diversity initiatives and Research Highlights

NRT-AI: AWARE-AI: AWAREness for Sensing Humans Responsibly with AI

National Science Foundation. Award to RIT: $1,994,676. The budget supports trainee fellowships, educational activities, and subject fees; the program focuses on promoting women, DHH, and AALANA students in STEM.

Learn more on the AWARE-AI website

College of Computing Scholars - ENhancing Growth-mindset Academic Experiences (ENGAgE)

Supports Graduation of Undergraduate Students in Computing," National Science Foundation. The GCCIS ENGAgE Program provides scholarships to academically talented low-income students studying in the Computing and Information Technologies, Web and Mobile Computing, Human Centered Computing, Software Engineering, and Computing Security degree programs.

Learn more on the ENGAgE website

IGM Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

Began June 2nd, 2020 to initiate a more inclusive environment within the IGM department. The task force has developed ACT with an integrity motto and hosted social events, game jams, training, and workshops.

STANDARD: Ethical Approaches to Empower Disabled Graduate Students in STEM

Let by Kristen Shinohara, this project investigates how academic culture and relationships systematically disadvantage disabled students in computing at the graduate level. This project investigates how ableism-the act of privileging nondisabled people over those with disabilities-is an ethical issue that manifests in academic relationships and culture. Ableist culture may contribute to unethical systemic obstacles for achievement at the graduate level, particularly because the graduate experience is shaped by relationships more than curricular requirements typical at the undergraduate level. National Science Foundation. $282,900.

2021 Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD )

Led by Margaret Bailey, Naveen Sharma, Lana Verschage, and T. Conlon, this collaborative network is creating an inclusive, vibrant learning environment within a large, software engineering program with experiential learning experiences created for students, faculty, and senior design coaches & sponsors. 2021 Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD), Crystal City, VA. January 2021. [under peer review]

Diversity in Computing News

  • September 27, 2022

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    RIT Faculty Fellows share their playbook for effective teaching

    RIT faculty are a resource not just for students, but for their colleagues as well. Now, a fellowship program will share their expertise through peer mentorship, training, and program development. The Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellows Program launched this fall with eight fellowships.

  • September 9, 2022

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    RIT offerings at this year’s Rochester Fringe Festival

    RIT students, faculty, and staff will contribute music, dance, comedy, poetry, photojournalism, and more during the 11th annual Rochester Fringe Festival, which begins Sept. 13 and continues through Sept. 24 in downtown Rochester.

  • August 19, 2022

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    President Munson calls on RIT community to reinvigorate the campus this academic year

    RIT President David Munson welcomed the community for the start of a new academic year with a call to re-energize the campus’s atmosphere to its pre-pandemic level. During his annual President’s Address in Ingle Auditorium this morning, Munson encouraged all RIT faculty, staff, and students to make a new academic year resolution to spend more time face-to-face with one another.