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Office of Faculty and Recruitment

The office focuses on assisting Deans and search committees in enhancing the diversity of applicant pools for faculty positions. To attract underserved populations such as African American, Latina/o American, and Native American (AALANA) and women scholars, the Office of Faculty Recruitment has implemented strategic programs.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

The Division for Diversity & Inclusion serves as a vital resource to develop and implement campus wide initiatives and programs to promote diversity and inclusive excellence to students, faculty, and staff. Through various programs and special projects, the division continues to foster relationships between RIT and the Greater Rochester Community. As an administrative support system to the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office for Diversity & Inclusion oversees the daily operations and logistics of the division as well as the budgetary needs for various events and programs. In addition, the Office is committed to the development of diversity education and monitors the areas that target diverse populations across the university.

Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS)

The Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) is committed to maximizing the academic potential and holistic development of students by creating an inclusive, student-centered environment.


The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is funded by the National Science Foundation. The program’s aim is to increase the quantity and quality of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) graduates from diverse backgrounds. The program serves under-represented minority students enrolled in designated STEM majors. Students may join starting in the fall of their first year at RIT.

McNair Scholars Programs

The RIT Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program serves a diverse group of talented RIT second- and third-year students who are interested in pursuing post-baccalaureate education. The RIT McNair Scholars Program provides enriching scholastic experience that prepares eligible scholars for graduate education, with an emphasis on doctoral studies.

I'm First

I’m First at RIT fosters participants’ academic success by encouraging potential and providing comprehensive services and advocacy in a caring and supportive environment. RIT’s I’m First program strives to ensure success for first generation undergraduate college students.

The New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is sponsored jointly through a grant from New York State Education Department and RIT. HEOP is committed to the recruitment and academic success of students with strong academic potential and personal initiative who would otherwise be excluded from higher education due to academic and economic disadvantage. The program provides academic support, financial assistance, and advocacy for eligible students in effort to maximize their success.

Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at RIT works to increase the number of students from under-represented groups pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and fields that require a professional license from New York state. The Future Stewards Program collaborates closely with RIT-CSTEP to provide opportunities to serve Native scholars who major in CSTEP targeted fields.