Our Fiesta en la Plaza helped kick-off RIT’s Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff with live music, dancing, authentic Latin food! Hundreds of our RIT Tigers and friends joined featured band from Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde. Latin Rhythm Dance Club, a student-based organization also had the opportunity to teach and practice a Bachata choreography with audience participants.
Norma Holland, anchor to 13 WHAM News This Morning and Good Day Rochester, kicked off our Fall of 2017 DDI Speaker Series and she reminded everyone that she’s “learned many lessons in her personal and professional journey, which have helped shape her life’s outlook.” Holland took everyone on an adventure on Sept. 18th at RIT’s MOSAIC Center, featuring a glimpse of her career in the media, how her values align at the core of her upbringing and the importance of maintaining a healthy work and life balance.
The Rochester Fringe Festival opened its doors to RIT’s Diversity Theater. They brought fun and engaging theater to the audience. Ultimately, they distinguish themselves by sharing life examples of crucial topics to simultaneously build a fruitful conversation about inclusion, equity and diversity. They desire to leave each audience with a lesson learned to positively impact the audience’s lives.
Many times, we find ourselves in difficult circumstances where we are faced with a crossroads. The reasons abound when it comes to conflict, it can be the choices we make, life changing circumstances, experiences that trigger a traumatic emotion or we weren’t prepared to deal with such a travesty.
As a way to commemorate Bernadette Lynch’s innate desire to help students to be prepared, polished, presentable and empowered for the RIT career fair, our 4th annual career clothing drive was renamed, Bern’s Closet. Last year, Bern was keen on sharing that “not all students have the ability to just go and buy a new outfit for an interview! We’ve created a tradition, set an expectation, but we couldn’t do it without the support of our volunteers and donors,” said with immense gratitude.
However, no matter the frequency with which we hear it, faculty and staff often continue to be caught off-guard or surprised by the undercurrents of the shifting cross-cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, international (etc.) realities which are increasingly observed or experience in our offices, classrooms, and our worlds. When they occur, these experiences often leave us with a sense of being unprepared, confused or helplessness.
Many types of First-Generation celebrations are being held on campuses across the nation, as a way to commemorate the 52nd Anniversary of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Join us on November 8th as the Division of Diversity & Inclusion celebrates first-generation college students with a luncheon starting at 12:00 noon in the Vignelli Center. Our distinguished speaker is Professor Joseph Williams, Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice.
Bringing about culture change and retention of faculty is a topic full of opportunities and exciting challenges. Not only are administrators interested in their success, so are trustees, department chairs, faculty, staff, donors and most importantly RIT students. One way RIT has tackled this opportunity is by creating an advisory council.