Departments and Programs

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.

    Learn More about AALANA Faculty Advisory Council
  • DDI Summer Experience

    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.

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  • DDI Tutoring Program

    The Division of Diversity and Inclusion Tutoring Program focuses on academic success by offering peer to peer tutoring, support and guidance for students who are involved in DDI programs.

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  • Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars

    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. 

    Learn More about Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars
  • Diversity Education Programs

    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.

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  • Diversity Theater

    RIT Diversity Theater uses theater based methods, initiatives and hands on experiences to explore what it means to successfully cultivate a community rich in diversity and inclusion.

    Programming reaches across the RIT campus and is open to students, faculty, and staff.

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  • Future Faculty Career Exploration Program

    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.

    Learn More about Future Faculty Career Exploration Program
  • Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

    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.

    Learn More about Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
  • 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.

    Learn More about Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • McNair Scholars Program

    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.

    Learn More about McNair Scholars Program
  • Men of Color, Honor and Ambition (M.O.C.H.A)

    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.

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  • Minett Professorship

    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.

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  • MOSAIC Center

    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.

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  • Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS)

    The Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) is focused on academic success and personal development. The programs offered through the MCAS Center enrich the overall college experience.

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  • Native American Future Stewards Program

    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. 

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  • NTID Diversity and Inclusion

    The NTID Office of Diversity and Inclusion focuses on transforming NTID into a more inclusive and diverse community through engaging offerings.

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  • Office of Faculty Diversity and Recruitment

    The Office of Faculty Diversity and Recruitment works across the university to recruit excellent and diverse scholars and artists to enrich our inclusive faculty community.

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  • 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.

    Learn More about Student Diversity Outreach, Enrollment and Retention
  • Upward Bound

    Upward Bound and Upward Bound Classic offers a college experience for high school students interested in attending college.

    The enrollment process begins in the spring of 9th grade for eligible students in the Rochester City School District and other area participating school districts.

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  • Veterans Upward Bound

    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.

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  • Women of Color, Honor and Ambition (W.O.C.H.A)

    Women of Color, Honor and Ambition (W.O.C.H.A) is a one year initiative open to female students interested in developing leadership skills. 

    Students must be in their second to fifth year of study at RIT.

    Learn More about Women of Color, Honor and Ambition (W.O.C.H.A)