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A RIT update for our current students, prospective students, alumni, and community supporters!
RIT will open at 10 AM today, Friday, March 2!
All alumni and students of Diversity and Inclusion programs, MOCHA, WOCHA, HEOP, TRIO, I'm First, CSTEP, McNair, LSAMP, Future Stewards Program (FSP), and Northstar (now MCAS) are encouraged to attend. When is this happening? Monday, July 9 at 7PM

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Native American and Indigenous Studies Immersion

The immersion in Native American and indigenous studies enhances students' knowledge of the unique heritage of Native Americans and indigenous peoples and their relationships with people from other communities and nations. This enhanced understanding is grounded in the study of the histories, collective memories, cultures, and languages of Native American and indigenous peoples, and the representations, stereotypes, and pertinent laws and policies governing their lives. Immersion courses emphasize indigenous ways of knowing and learning in the past and present in the Americas and across the globe.

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  • Student Testimonials

    Growing up in a biracial family, and nowhere near my native community, I was left with many questions about my identity and my culture’s history. The Future Stewards Program (FSP) has provided me with support on campus and assisted with my cultural search in understanding who I am. 

    Tiffany Cable
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  • Student Testimonials

    I love RIT because of the uniqueness of our community. Students are free to express themselves and explore their academic interests. Professors here share their research and passion for what they do. Staff members are welcoming and love to help students. It is simply a great place to be! This is why I chose to complete both my bachelor and master degree at RIT.

    Alexandra Shipman
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    The Future Stewards Program here at RIT has been the most shaping factor in my career and personal development. My family's tribe is halfway across the country from where I grew up, since my grandmother was encouraged by her mother to leave the reservation to find success elsewhere. My first year at RIT, though very fulfilling, felt deprived of other people like me. I wanted to become a part of a community on campus that could foster my growth as a Native American student in STEM.

    Anna Jacobson Eckert
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    The Future Stewards Program has played a huge role in my career at RIT. I became dedicated to attending RIT while taking part in a Future Steward's sponsored campus visit the Summer before my junior year of high school. I along with other students from Salamanca, NY, located on the Allegany Indian Reservation of the Seneca Nation of Indians, were hosted by Future Steward's staff and introduced to the support services offered and the educational programs offered at RIT.

    Brendan John
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