The Division of Diversity and Inclusion is home to several departments and programs that support RIT students, faculty and staff.
AALANA Faculty Advisory Council
The AALANA Faculty Advisory Council (AFAC) provides career support and works to promote and retain African American, Latino American, and Native American faculty at RIT. AFAC serves as an advisory council to the Provost.
AdvanceRIT is a long-term, multi-faceted program designed to enable all faculty at RIT, particularly women, to contribute their full potential, to increase their representation and retention, and to advance their careers.
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is a New York State grant funded initiative designed to foster academic excellence for students in the science, technology, engineering, and math majors, as well as majors that required a license (i.e. accounting, criminal justice/law, psychology, etc.).
An intensive four-week summer program that consists of two three-credit-hour courses, developmental workshops, academic coaching, and community building. This pre-collegiate program helps first-year students get acclimated to RIT, building confidence and bridges to resources before the school year begins.
The Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars program covers full tuition for qualifying Rochester City School District and approved charter school graduates who are admitted as freshmen (or first-year) full time students at RIT.
The Division of Diversity and Inclusion’s Diversity Education Program offers a variety of programs and experiences through different approaches that help students, staff, and faculty at RIT work toward recognizing and developing skills to address cultural humility.
The Office of Faculty Diversity and Recruitment host an annual Future Faculty Career Exploration Program to give scholars and artists a “behind the scenes” glimpse into life as a faculty member at RIT. The program is a nationally recognized best practice in faculty diversity recruitment.
The New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) provides academic support and economic assistance to historically disadvantaged students who otherwise would be excluded from pursuing higher education at a private New York State college or university.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program, or LSAMP, provides support to qualifying RIT students pursuing National Science Foundation designated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degrees.
The program is open to students beginning in the spring of their first year.
The RIT Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program helps prepare eligible second-and third-year full time students interested in pursuing a post-baccalaureate education, in particular doctoral studies.
McNair Scholars gain valuable information by taking part in a simulated, graduate school experience.
Men of Color, Honor and Ambition (M.O.C.H.A) is a leadership development program for undergraduate male students at RIT. It is open to students who are between their second and fifth academic years of study.
The Minett Professorship brings distinguished Rochester-area multicultural professionals to the RIT campus to share their expertise and experiences with students, faculty, and staff. Minett Professors serve one academic year.
The MOSAIC Center is an inclusive community space where students, faculty, and staff can organize, engage and listen as a community through facilitated cross cultural learning. It is more than just a home away from home, but a truly unique and transformative space on campus.
The Future Stewards Program (FSP) is committed to nurturing the overall success of its Indigenous Scholars (Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations) by providing academic support, professional development, and cultural opportunities.
Student Diversity Outreach, Enrollment and Retention
Student Diversity Outreach, Enrollment, and Retention is home to the RIT President’s Commission on Women; the RIT-Rochester Prep High School partnership; and national student surveys regularly administered by RIT.
Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) at RIT is open to eligible military service members interested in enrolling in college, certificate programs or trade school. VUB helps veterans navigate the process needed to successfully enroll and then complete their educational goals.