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Our Vision & Mission

Behind our creativity and innovation stands a blend of cultures that adds a social and educational dynamic unique to our university. We embody the commitment to diversity through our mission to foster living, learning, and working environments that support and incorporate principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.


Division of Diversity and Inclusion


RIT will achieve greatness through difference as students, faculty and staff model inclusive excellence.


The Division of Diversity & Inclusion works collaboratively with academic and administrative units to provide a holistic range of services that enhance access and success for historically underrepresented students, faculty and staff, support education and scholarship, and ensure a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant and accessible environment for everyone.



Diversity at RIT

Throughout your life, you’ll interact with people from different cultures and from every continent. Your success will depend on your experience with and understanding of cross-cultural issues, here and abroad.

At RIT you’ll live and study with over 2,635 international students from 102 countries. In addition, more than 2,000 students of color have elected to study at RIT, embodying our commitment to diversity. Adding a social and educational dynamic not found at any other university are more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students supported by RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Human diversity is essential to organizational growth and synergy. These differences create points of tension that spark alternative viewpoints and ideas and ignite the kindling forces behind creativity and innovation. To that end, the mission of the Division for Diversity & Inclusion is to foster living, learning, and working environments that support and incorporate principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.

The variety of backgrounds and perspectives represented in the RIT community enriches the learning experience for all. As you interact on team-based projects, in residences halls, and in day-to-day activities, we believe you will be enriched and better prepared for the opportunities and challenges of global interdependence.

Our Inclusive Excellence Framework provided one of the guiding principles for RIT’s Strategic Plan ‘Greatness through Difference’ 2025.  Here is a mapping between the primary dimensions of the Inclusive Excellence Framework and the Strategic Plan (FAQ's).



  • Laura Tubbs
    My favorite part of my job as the COS College Liaison to OFR is attending the Compact Conference for Diversity each fall.
    Maria Tovar
    This is my first year and I can already say I love college thanks to the HEOP program for all the support it has to offer.
    S.M. Huq
    RIT HEOP program convinced me that I made the right choice when I came to RIT because the program ensured that I have the best college experience while I am here.
  • Jhade Benitez
    HEOP has always been prepared to battle with their students, through academic difficulties and even personal matters.
    Margaret Bailey, Ph.D., P.E.
    The Office of Faculty Recruitment plays a vital role in our continuing pursuit of embodying inclusivity as a core value
    Davierraven Simmons
    HEOP has helped me adopt the proper everyday habits I need to be successful here.
  • Brendan John
    The Future Stewards Program has created a community that is welcoming to Indigenous students of all backgrounds.
    Ja’Nai Gray
    The HEOP community has shaped my ability to grow not only as a person, but as a professional.
    André O. Hudson, Ph.D.
    Diversity is ingrained in the RIT culture and it plays an integral role in who we are
  • Melissa St Preux
    The resources and support from MCAS have been a huge part of my success at RIT.
    Saddam Alrobaie
    I will always be grateful to the McNair/LSAMP program at RIT for helping me to grow and giving me confidence to face real world.
    Brianna Jones
    I'm First has helped me figure out where I'm supposed to be, how to achieve my goals, and guided me to be successful both during and after my collegiate years.
  • Tiffany Cable
    FSP has provided me with support on campus and assisted with my cultural search in understanding who I am.
    Elaine Dolan
    Thanks to the Rochester City Scholars initiative, all of this became a financial possibility for me and my family!
    Marcos Esterman, Ph.D.
    The OFR has played a significant role in increasing access to diverse talent at RIT.
  • Fatima Zara
    Transition from community college to four-year institute was challenging but being part of McNair/LSAMP program I was able to gain experience and confidence.
    Bria Cherebin
    MCAS (Multicultural Center for Academic Success) has also been a huge part of my support system.
    Samuel McClarin
    MCAS has been my biggest supporter while I’ve been here, and has made college feel like a much easier task than it really is.