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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.

Let Freedom Ring

The RIT community is invited to join us for our 7th annual Let Freedom Ring that honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will be joined by keynote speaker Krystle Ellis '09, '15.

This event is for the RIT community only.

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Expressions of King's Legacy

Join us for our 42nd annual Expressions of King's Legacy for a moderated conversation featuring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research.

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RIT has one of the largest divisions in the nation, housing 38 faculty and staff dedicated to the university’s core values of respect, diversity, and pluralism.


More than 600 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

  • November 6, 2023

    graphic with Krystle Ellis, keynote speaker, Let Freedom Ring.

    Registration now open for annual Let Freedom Ring

    RIT’s seventh annual Let Freedom Ring event will feature alumna Krystle Ellis ’09, ’15 MS as its keynote speaker on Jan. 15. The event honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting speakers who challenge the RIT community to think deeper, to broaden horizons, and to express individuality.

  • October 11, 2023

    side-by-side badges for the Insight into Diversity higher education excellence in diversity award.

    RIT recognized for commitment to diversity and inclusion

    RIT continues to be a leader in diversity in higher education, as recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The publication announced RIT as a 2023 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award winner and a 2023 Diversity Champion. This is the 10th consecutive HEED Award and ninth consecutive Diversity Champion designation for RIT.

  • October 9, 2023

    graphic with the words, Together R I Y, day of dialogue on gender and sexuality.

    Second annual Together RIT to focus on gender and sexuality

    The second annual Together RIT: A Day of Dialogue is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, with this year’s programming centered on gender and sexuality. Together RIT gathers the campus community and creates space to ask questions, empathize, build solidarity, and give recognition to the current and future social issues.

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