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The Division of Diversity and Inclusion works collaboratively with the entire RIT community to create an environment that embraces all students, faculty and staff. Respecting different cultures, perspectives and beliefs is important because we believe through thoughtful engagement, we can all learn from our differences.

21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

RIT is a participating organization in the Greater Rochester’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. Through broad community engagement, the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge will increase awareness of critical issues and strengthen our community’s capacity to dismantle all forms of racism.


RIT has one of the largest divisions in the nation, housing 39 faculty and staff dedicated to the university’s core values of respect, diversity, and pluralism.


More than 700 students from across the university participate in Diversity and Inclusion events, programs, and initiatives.


Number of years RIT has hosted the Future Faculty Career Exploration Program (FFCEP), creating the first nationally recognized best-practice in faculty diversity and recruitment.


The chance that any two undergraduate students selected at random are of different race/ethnicity.

Message from Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental aspects of RIT’s identity as an institution and are intrinsically tied to its historic strength as one of America’s most innovative and forward-looking universities.

Keith Jenkins
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

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Diversity and Inclusion News

  • October 28, 2020

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    Odessa Despot appointed to South Asian American Digital Archive board of directors

    Odessa Despot, staff psychologist with RIT’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS), has been appointed to the board of directors for the South Asian American Digital Archive. The nonprofit organization aims to create a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences.

  • October 21, 2020

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    The Souls of Black Professors  

    Inside Higher Ed talks to Donathan Brown, assistant provost for diversity and inclusion, about barriers facing Black faculty members.

  • October 21, 2020

    Sophia Maggelakis, dean of the College of Science, speaking at a podium

    College of Science receives RIT’s 2020 Changing Hearts and Minds Award

    RIT’s College of Science is being recognized for its success diversifying the university’s faculty ranks and helping to advance RIT’s overall commitment to diversity. The college earned RIT’s 2020 Changing Hearts and Minds Award, sponsored annually by RIT’s Office of the Provost and the Office of Faculty Diversity and Recruitment. It marks the third time the college has received the award.

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