MCAS Advocates Program

MCAS Advocates and MCAS Student Advocates play a critical role in engaging and empowering AALANA (African, Latin, and Native American) students to successfully graduate from RIT on time while closing the achievement gap by building community.  This program increases the communication and collaboration between MCAS (and by extension the Division for Diversity and Inclusion with RIT’s academic units. This program combines successful RIT AALANA students in collaboration with a professional staff/faculty advocate from the college, appointed by their respective deans.  Together they will be in positions to influence change in their colleges through programming and directed outreach initiatives.

Program Objectives:

  • STRENGTHEN AND GROW THE RIT AALANA COMMUNITY
  • BUILD TRUST AND ADVOCACY
  • INCREASE STUDENT PERSISTENCE

 

MCAS ADVOCATES: 

  • Advisor to the MCAS student advocates to ensure they are in alignment with the university strategic plan in regards to their social and professional programs and outreach.
  • Meet with MCAS and other MCAS Advocates on a monthly basis to discuss students’ academic success and outreach initiatives. 
  • Help with faculty and student introductions and interactions.
  • Represent MCAS to the students, faculty, staff in their respective colleges.
  • Provide a constant contact/presence for AALANA students in their college.
  • Advocate for and advise AALANA students when applicable.

 

MCAS STUDENT ADVOCATES: 

  • Develop programs that create community amongst AALANA students in their college.
  • Lead their college MCAS student boards (if applicable).
  • Meet regularly with their college MCAS Advocate (weekly/biweekly).
  • Be an extension of MCAS in their college in order to share information and promote opportunities from MCAS and DDI to students in their college.
  • Mentor and demonstrate academic success to students in their college.

 

COLLEGE FIRST NAME LAST NAME EMAIL PHONE LOCATION
CAST Sean Bennett stbnsc@rit.edu 475.7852 ROS-1132
CHST Rebecca Roberts rarhst@rit.edu 475.4056 CBT-1188
CIAS Ricky Rigueroa rrfppr@rit.edu 475.2745 GAN-2254
COLA Sheila Oakden sbogla@rit.edu 475.5392 LBR-2212
COS Michael Cross mjcobd@rit.edu 475.6660 GOS-2102
GCCIS Dan Stafford dhsarm@rit.edu 475.4792 GOL-1016
KGCOE Venessa  Mitchell vmmeme@rit.edu 475.5067 ENG-2643
NTID Alvin  Boyd acbntm@ntid.rit.edu 475.4307 LBJ-2756
NTID Michael Serrati mtsnsl@rit.edu Video Phone 585.484.8802 SLT-1203
SCB Steve  Luxmore sluxmore@saunders.rit.edu 475.7161 LOW-3315
SOIS Meg Walbaum mswcms@rit.edu 475.4953 EAS-2227
UNI. EXP Dewey  Lawrence dilcms@rit.edu 475.4289