Diversity at RIT

These courses are designed to assist in building an awareness of different cultures and to address issues associated with working effectively in the unique RIT community. Students, faculty and staff from many cultures and backgrounds choose RIT, so updating and enhancing our diversity and leadership skills is vital to our innovative pace.

In-Person Courses

Bystander intervention has been increasingly applied to prevent discrimination, harassment, alcohol abuse, and bullying among faculty, staff and students on college campuses. Its underlying theory assumes that actions taken to intervene in these situations, subtle or extreme, can be influenced by bystander intentions and confidence to intervene.  This program provides an overview of behaviors/skills identified by research an literature that are associated with defining appropriate by-stander interventions, and the use of case studies that help to apply those behaviors/skills in a real world setting.

This course will engage participants in activities to explore and challenge their own biases regarding a range of identities. Participants will be provided with tools to minimize harmful attitudes and behaviors.

Cultural Humility Competence: Awareness, Attitudes, Knowledge and Skills

This course provides an opportunity for the RIT hearing community to receive an overview of deaf culture on campus and learn some basic sign language.

Cultural Humility Competence: Awareness, Knowledge, Skills, and Practice

This course will provide an overview of relevant terminology and establish an understanding of why diversity, inclusion and equity and equity are important for mission, creativity and productivity. Participants will leave with the ability to identify inclusive behaviors.

Cultural Humility Competence:  Awareness and Attitudes

From Sydney, Australia to Rochester, New York, the phenomenon of bullying seems to be growing in viral proportions. This program explores a variety of case studies and videos, that demonstrate the disturbing nature of emotional, physical, or cyber bullying that is increasingly becoming the new focus of discrimination, and the nature of the bystander. Through discussion, review of literature, and group resolution, the participants will identify potential preventative and intervention techniques that can be used should bullying arise.

This course explains how our relationship to power and privilege can influence our decision-making, our treatment of others and institutional effectiveness. Scenarios focused on policies, spaces and technologies will be used to identify systemic barriers that ignores the value of inclusion, equity and access.

Cultural Humility Competence: Awareness, Attitude, Knowledge and Skills

Safe Zone offers the opportunity to build cultural competency with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) students, faculty and staff. During this session, the following topics are covered and questions are discussed:

  • What is a Safe Zone?
  • Definitions and appropriate language
  • What is sexual orientation and gender identity? Are they different?
  • What new and pending legislation in NYS and the US is important to LGBT people?
  • How can I be an ally to LGBT and questioning people? How can I best be supportive?

For additional information concerning this topic, or to schedule a student session, please contact RIT's Q Center.


The RIT Framework for Inclusive Excellence is RIT’s hallmark document that explains the university’s role and obligations for advancing diversity and inclusion as a part of its mission. Embedded within the document are four dimensions which help to establish measurements by which the university will identify its progress: 1) Access and Success, 2) Campus Climate and Intergroup Relations, 3) Education and Scholarship, and 4) Institutional Infrastructure. Through structured activities, this program will help participants understand and clarify the meanings and types of programs and services associated with each initiative, and the importance to their organizations’ growth at RIT.

Additional Resources

The Human Resources Diversity web page has been designed to provide you easy access to many of the key areas responsible for diversity initiatives here on campus. From this page you will be able to link to other sites and make contact with others within RIT who are working together to achieve our diversity goals and objectives.

The Center for Professional Development is a partner in providing professional development with NTID's Professional Development group. Together we seek to meet the needs of faculty and staff throughout RIT and NTID.Program topics include Effective Teaching and Learning, Technology, Interpersonal Growth, Deaf Culture/Education, and Wellness. Learn more at NTID's Professional Development Program.