Advocate for state student aid programs
Your help is needed to help advocate with New York state lawmakers for programs of importance to RIT and its students.
State leaders are negotiating a budget agreement and we are asking for their continued state support of a program called Bundy Aid that provides student aid funds to nearly every private, not-for-profit campus in New York including RIT, as well as HEOP, STEP/C-STEP, and the Liberty Partnerships Program that are critical for ensuring underrepresented students have the chance to pursue their college dreams.
Lawmakers have also proposed expanding the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship Incentive Program to include students at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities, which would be very important and helpful to RIT students as well.
RIT is taking part in an e-advocacy campaign asking the Legislature to ensure that funding for these programs is included in the final State budget that we expect to be approved next week. To participate, click on the link above and enter your home address. That will ensure the message is received by the policymakers who represent you as a constituent.
Just fill in the short form and click submit, and your email will be automatically sent to your state legislators as well as other key state leaders who are making state budget decisions that will impact the campus community.
July 19, 2019
RIT incorporates ‘soft skills’ elective into engineering educational curriculum
As part of a growing trend in enriching engineering education, RIT has approved a new course in soft skills for engineers. The one-credit elective course, originally piloted in the last academic year, has been approved as a credit-bearing option for students in RIT’s College of Engineering Technology and will begin in September.
July 16, 2019
RIT Tigers make game used as a therapeutic tool for children and families
A therapeutic game called Space Adventure designed by an RIT class officially launched this month on the Rochester Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC) website. The SPCC specializes in supporting families whose lives have been impacted by trauma.
July 9, 2019
Gender diversity guide aimed at helping faculty learn more about gender
Assistant Professor Alan Smerbeck is working with Q Center director Chris Hinesley on an updated edition of Gender Diversity: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty, which is set to come out in spring 2020. Originally published in 2016, the guide is meant to serve as a base-level reference book for learning about gender diversity, labels and pronouns, and the do’s and don’ts of talking about gender identities.
July 2, 2019
Meet the 18-year-old who helped wipe out $6.7 million in medical debt
CNBC features Talia Zames, an incoming biomedical sciences student who raised $20,000 to pay off $6.7 million in medical debt around the Syracuse area.