Diversity at NTID

Vision and Mission Statement

two people outside NTID strives to build a community that values and respects one another by engaging all stakeholders and providing the best learning environment for our faculty, staff, and student success. The NTID Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) supports this vision by promoting inclusion and diversity through different learning channels with emphasis of the inclusive model of excellence.

The mission of ODI is to transform NTID into a progressively inclusive and diverse learning community with emphasis on access, success, and equity by recruiting, retaining, and ensuring success of diverse students, faculty, and staff.

NTID Antiracism and Social Justice Plan

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Equal opportunity is one of our country’s most cherished values, but events here in Rochester and in communities across our nation demonstrate that we have work to do to ensure equal access and opportunity for all. The racism and inequity that exist in our society cannot be ignored. This work requires the ongoing commitment and support of everyone in the RIT/NTID community. Through teamwork and accountability, we will continue to deliver improvements to ensuring that our community is a safe learning and teachable environment for all.

Visit NTID’s Antiracism and Social Justice Plan website for updates

Affiliated Organizations

NTID Diversity Group (NDG)

The NTID Diversity Group (NDG) is a faculty and staff volunteer group committed to promoting the best possible learning, living and working experience for AALANA (Asian, Latino, African, and Native American) members of the RIT/NTID community. NDG's focus is community involvement, professional development and being a resource for the RIT/NTID community.

RIT Division of Diversity & Inclusion

The RIT Division of Diversity & Inclusion works collaboratively with academic and administrative units to provide a holistic range of services that enhance access and success for historically underrepresented students, faculty and staff, support education and scholarship, and ensure a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant and accessible environment for everyone.

NTID Faculty Fellowship (NFF)

The mission of the NTID Faculty Fellowship (NFF) is to work towards diversifying the faculty by increasing the number of post-secondary STEM instructors and professors from historically underrepresented groups who are qualified to teach DHH college students. The program provides qualified Fellows with up to three years of mentored experiences, opportunities, and resources to prepare them for academic careers working with the aforementioned population.

The Randleman Program

The vision of the Randleman Program is to recruit and retain interpreters of color across the field of interpreting. It is fundamental that the interpreting field reflects the unique, diverse, and rich cultural experiences within the Deaf community. By supporting and increasing representation of interpreters of color, we celebrate how the field of interpreting can flourish through cultural competency and diverse perspectives.

International Educational Outreach (IEO)

The mission of the center for International Educational Outreach (IEO) at NTID is to expand education opportunities for Deaf communities outside of the United States by collaborating with Deaf leaders and institutions of other countries to build centers of excellence in Deaf education. International Educational Outreach works to expand research and collaboration opportunities between NTID and international organizations for the Deaf.