On June 7th, 2010, RIT held the inaugural meeting of President Destler's Native American Advisory Council; members of the Council include, members of the Haudenosaunee Grand Council. Its purpose is to foster a tribal government - to - university relationship providing RIT senior administrators with a necessary connection to the Tribal community so that we can make higher education more attractive, provide the proper support system to keep current Native scholars successful and assist in the return of Native scholars to the Tribal community.
The Future Stewards Program facilitates the strategic partnership between Rochester Institute of Technology and Native American, Alaska Native and First Nation Governments and communities for the purpose of providing directed educational and experiential programs for Native American, Alaska Native and First Nation scholars.
We invite domestic governments to send their best and brightest students (Future Stewards) to RIT to learn the latest science and technology and self-determined skills needed by tribal communities while applying traditional values, methods and knowledge. RIT seeks to build lasting and productive partnerships with Domestic Governments based upon mutual respect and reciprocity. It is expected that these relationships will facilitate synergetic relationships whereby tribal governments consider hiring RIT graduates and graduates consider working for tribes.