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A Business Case For Diversity:  A Basis for Higher Education A Presentation for the Board of Trustees Sub-committee on Diversity

Presentation, Dr. Michael D'Arcangelo

What new ideas and practices are colleges using to embrace diversity on campus?

The Chronicle of Higher Education has created a new resource center that will deliver the latest news and data examining diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

Advance RIT
Combining research, policy and programming to enhance recruitment, retention and advancement opportunities for women faculty in STEM disciplines.

Campus Life
The Center for Campus Life at RIT will lead transformational community and individual student activities and services, which foster engagement, pride, and spirit across the university.

Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
The RIT Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) works to increase the number of historically underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students (who are residents of New York State) pursuing a career in either science, mathematics, technology or a New York State licensed profession. The focus of the program is on the retention and development of RIT-CSTEP students.

Diversity at RIT
RIT is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  RIT does not discriminate.  RIT promotes and values diversity within its workforce and provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, creed, age, marital status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status, or disability.

Engineers of Color Creating Opportunities (ECCO)

Engineers of Color Creating Opportunity (ECCO) is devoted to increasing the number of underrepresented African American, Latino American, and Native American (AALANA) students in the College of Engineering.  ECCO supports successful graduation rates, provides networking opportunities, and helps students prepare for leadership roles within the engineering profession.

Environmental Science Program - Native American Science and Technology Program
RIT’s Native American Science and Technology program is designed to help future stewards of Native American lands make sound management decisions using advanced technology tools in the service of traditional and contemporary tribal values.

Environmental Science Program – Study Abroad
Study abroad gives students outstanding opportunities to live and work in other cultures, study multiple ecosystems first hand, and gain exposure to a world of career possibilities. RIT study abroad options range from semesters in Europe, Africa, Central America or the Caribbean, to unforgettable 10-day trips to Baja and the Galapagos.

Future Faculty Career Exploration Program
The Future Faculty Career Exploration Program is one of a series of recruitment strategies designed to fuel the future pipeline of faculty at RIT. This innovative program furthers RIT's goal of "Grow Your Own" future faculty by bringing in students, nearing the end of their doctoral studies, for an all-expense-paid trip to Rochester to receive the "RIT Treatment."

Global Union
Global Union is the largest multicultural student organization at RIT. It promotes understanding of diversity and the development of a strong multicultural movement within our community. The Union encourages cooperation, interaction, and communication among all ethnic groups at RIT while providing leadership and support to all its affiliated organizations.

Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
HEOP will be known on campus and in the community as an advocate and a resource that provides eligible low-income and underrepresented students access to higher education and support services to promote their persistence and graduation.

International Student Services
The staff at International Student Services provides a solid foundation for RIT's commitment to international education, assisting individuals from more than 100 countries. We advise students, faculty, clubs and departments on immigration, cultural, academic and personal matters. We work closely with Global Union, and several other international student clubs.

McNair Scholars Program
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.

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. By keeping academics first and foremost, MCAS strives to become a nationally recognized model for academic excellence and student success.

Native American Future Stewards Program
The Future Stewards Program was established as a result of RIT's commitment to increasing the success rate and number of Native scholars (Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) along with other areas of need in Indian country.

OUTspoken is the major student organization that represents the LGBTQ+ community in RIT’s student government. We advocate for change in RIT’s policy and its community that benefit the well-being of the LGBTQ+ population in RIT. We work with RIT’s queer-related clubs to coordinate efforts across RIT that enhance Queer culture and develop a strong sense of community with our affiliate clubs and LGBTQ+ students. We also work with the Q Center and the Center for Women and Gender to provide appropriate support and resources for students who need help.

Q Center
The purpose of the Q Center is to foster an educational environment in which all community members can be personally, academically, and professionally successful without regard to gender, racial/ethnic origins, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and socioeconomic status.

RIT Young Professionals
The RIT Young Professionals group was developed to support growth and involvement of RIT faculty and staff age 40 and younger.  They focus on Social Participation, Community Involvement and Professional Development.

Spirituality and Religious Life
This is a place – and a space – for quiet prayer and community laughter, of meditation and pizza dinners, of choral concerts or students playing guitars, or just hanging out to play the pianos in the chapels. It is a place of personal and community exploration within the diverse and rich religious, cultural, and spiritual traditions of our campus community.

Study Abroad
Welcome to RIT Global, your resource for study abroad and international fellowships. With over 400 programs in 50 countries, there is usually a study abroad program for students of every major.

Symposium on American Indian Languages website
The Symposium on American Indian Languages (SAIL) at RIT is dedicated to discussion of the documentation, conservation and revitalization of the native languages of the Americas.

The Center for Women and Gender
The mission of the Center for Women and Gender is to foster an educational environment in which all community members can be personally, academically, and professionally successful without regard to gender, racial/ethnic origins, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status, or spiritual beliefs.

Women in Computing (WIC)
Women in Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology (WiC at RIT) provides an interdisciplinary networking forum for students, faculty, staff and alumni involved in the field of computing at The Rochester Institute of Technology through professional, leadership, mentorship, and technical development opportunities. WiC at RIT will also encourage the advancement of women in computing through community outreach.

Women in Engineering (WE @ RIT)
Women in Engineering at RIT is dedicated to expanding the representation of women engineers and preparing women for leadership roles within the engineering profession.

Women in Science (WISe)
The WISe program seeks to engage women in the sciences and mathematics by offering information, equity and collaboration opportunities that will break down barriers and will enhance their education and careers throughout their journey.