Intentional learning, reflection, and dialogue opportunities, focused on Black History month or the National African American History month, offering opportunities for the RIT community to hear powerful voices on the lived history of African Americans; the social injustices of the past and present; engaging through the arts; and discovering the vital contributions of Blacks that impact our day to day lives, if you see them or not.
Black History celebrations were launched nationally by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926 for a week period and decades later, in 1967 Black History month has been upheld since by every U.S. President. Our campus celebrations were sprinkled through-out RIT and the Greater Rochester community by numerous organizations. RIT students had a unique experience at the Little Theater in Rochester, where they viewed the Oscar-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro” written by James Baldwin, directed by Raoul Peck and voiced by Samuel L. Jackson.
Students in RIT’s Higher Education Opportunity Program care about their education. Most HEOP students are the first in their families to attend college, let alone attend a competitive private university like RIT. Hailing from low income households, HEOP students depend on New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to help meet their college costs.
A career fair can open doors to desirable employment opportunities, but “not all students have the ability to just go and buy a new outfit for an interview,” shared Bernadette Lynch, Director of I’m First. “We’ve created a tradition, set an expectation, but we couldn’t do it without the support of our volunteers and donors,” said Lynch in gratitude.
Many high school students would benefit from real-world and timely access to college-career exploration programs, like the College, Accounting and You (CAY) spearheaded by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Saunders College of Business, and the long standing investment and partnership of Rochester’s PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) branch.