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Diversity Education & Training Programs

What is Diversity Education?

Each year, the composition of faculty, staff, and students at RIT changes.

This leads to a more complex, richer, and dynamic educational environment in which learning and meaningful interaction can occur. In order to leverage the local, national and global diversity of our campus, it is important we provide the knowledge and skills to ensure our students, staff and faculty work towards cultural humility. 

Cultural humility is a life-long self-examination and accountability process that helps people think critically about their own assumptions, beliefs, biases and values in order to address historic and current inequalities. While uncomfortable learning moments will arise, this process is designed to create humble and emotionally intelligent people rather than “perfect” experts. For a downloadable version of how staff, faculty and students can work towards cultural humility at RIT click Here!

The Director of Diversity Education, the division and other university partners offer a variety of educational programs annually that: 

  • provide educational experiences which help to ensure welcoming and open-minded environment
  • provide meaningful skill-building opportunities that actively support inclusive practices and intercultural engagement in and outside of the classroom
  • assess attitudinal, structural and cultural change that contributes to the common good and university values

 

Diversity Education Menu

Looking to request a tailored facilitation, training or workshop? Then make your request here.

Building Awareness

Programs Offered:

  • My Untold Story
    • Join RIT Libraries for an informal discussion-based series where community members share their personal experiences with a particular topic to promote awareness and understanding among members of the campus community. Storytellers rotate to different groups at designated times, ultimately speaking with three small groups over the course of the hour-long event. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Gray Matters
    • A discussion series designed to promote critical exploration of provocative topics related to the world, higher education and the RIT campus. Also, free lunch!
  • Cultural Humility Certificate
  • New Employee Orientation
    • Includes Title IX compliance online training & 30-Minute Getting Comfortable with Diversity interactive presentation. 
  • New Student Orientation
    • New student orientation leaders will attend info sessions to learn about culturally-responsive campus resources and identify strategies for valuing the diversity of the RIT student body. Incoming students will attend an interactive presentation about finding their place, stepping outside of their comfort zone and finding their people on campus. An optional open house highlighting cultural and identity centers on campus will follow.
  • Translate
    • Each academic year, at least one college/school, academic department or course publicly demonstrates how diversity, inclusion and equity is relevant to their field of study or work. If interested please contact the Director of Diversity Education. 
  • Breaking Bread
    • This six meeting experience in pairs helps faculty and staff get to know each other across their differences and helps them find solidarity in their commonalities. Sign up here. 
  • Into the Roc
    • A limited amount of students, staff and faculty are welcomed to sign up for free regional trips to learn about different group's history, present and to converse about their future. Dinner is provided on some trips.

Reflecting on Attitudes

Programs Offered:

  • Gray Matters
    • A discussion series designed to promote critical exploration of provocative topics related to the world, higher education and the RIT campus. Also, free lunch!
  • Breaking Bread
    • This six meeting experience in pairs helps faculty and staff get to know each other across their differences and helps them find solidarity in their commonalities. Sign up here. 
  • Into the Roc
    • A limited amount of students, staff and faculty are welcomed to sign up for free regional trips to learn about different group's history, present and to converse about their future. Dinner is provided on some trips.
  • Cultural Humility Certificate
  • Translate
    • Each academic year, at least one college/school, academic department or course publicly demonstrates how diversity, inclusion and equity is relevant to their field of study or work. If interested please contact the Director of Diversity Education. 
  • New Employee Orientation
    • Includes Title IX compliance online training & 30-Minute Getting Comfortable with Diversity interactive presentation. 
  • New Student Orientation
    • New student orientation leaders will attend info sessions to learn about culturally-responsive campus resources and identify strategies for valuing the diversity of the RIT student body. Incoming students will attend an interactive presentation about finding their place, stepping outside of their comfort zone and finding their people on campus. An optional open house highlighting cultural and identity centers on campus will follow.

Learning New Knowledge & Skills

Programs Offered:

  • Gray Matters
    • A discussion series designed to promote critical exploration of provocative topics related to the world, higher education and the RIT campus. Also, free lunch!
  • Teaching Circle: Inclusive Pedagogy 
  • Breaking Bread
    • This six meeting experience in pairs helps faculty and staff get to know each other across their differences and helps them find solidarity in their commonalities. Sign up here. 
  • Cultural Humility Certificate
  • Translate
    • Each academic year, at least one college/school, academic department or course publicly demonstrates how diversity, inclusion and equity is relevant to their field of study or work. If interested please contact the Director of Diversity Education. 
  • Title IX Online Course
    • Title IX compliance online training & 30-Minute Getting Comfortable with Diversity interactive presentation. 

 

Practice

Programs Offered:

  • Gray Matters
    • A discussion series designed to promote critical exploration of provocative topics related to the world, higher education and the RIT campus. Also, free lunch!

 

 

Contact

Taj Smith
Director of Diversity Education
tpsddi@rit.edu

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