momentum is a portfolio of leadership development programs designed to introduce students to and cultivate the core competencies needed to step into key leadership roles on campus and in the Rochester community.

R I T student volunteers celebrating after packaging 20,000 meals.
Two R I T students picking weeds.

momentum I - Start here

Momentum I is RIT’s centralized leadership launchpad to introduce students to meaningful competency development and to increase their sense of belonging through connections to key leadership opportunities, including Orientation Leaders, Residence Advisors, RIT 365 co-facilitators, and student club and organization e-board roles.

Register for Spring 2024

Several R I T students holding a rope.

momentum II

Momentum II is for students who have completed momentum I and/or have demonstrable leadership experience. This weekend-long program is offered in collaboration with partners across campus to dive deeper into your leadership identity through multiple social lenses. 

Register for Spring 2024

Two R I T students working on house frames.

momentum III

In partnership with EUREKA!, momentum III is an annual event open to all RIT students who are passionate about using their skills to initiate social change. Students will work alongside a community organization that has a challenge or opportunity that could benefit from our help with a fresh perspective or approach. In a 48-hour timeframe, multi-level and interdisciplinary teams collaborate with stakeholders of the community organization to propose solutions following the project prompt. The event concludes with team presentations to a panel of experts who select one proposal to go forward toward implementation.

Learn about EUREKA!

Student Leadership Opportunities

Become a Leadership Scholar to support the growth and development of momentum alongside Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement staff members.

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A group of R I T students helping frame a house for Habitat for Humanity.

Media and Testimonials

momentum I: Students who want to make a change in the world

Cole Inniss’ momentum II reflections