Intersections: The RIT Podcast

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Episode 41: Accessibility in Higher Education
RIT is considered to be one of the most accessible college campuses in the world. On this episode of Intersections: The RIT Podcast, NTID President Gerry Buckley and RIT Director of Disability Services Catherine Lewis chat about how that accessibility came to be, including the signing of the landmark 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. Gerry and Catherine provide their perspectives on the history of accessibility in higher education – how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go.

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Past Episodes

  • December 4, 2020

    screenshot of three people talking on Zoom, with one person as a sign language interpreter.

    Podcast: Accessibility in Higher Education  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 41: RIT is considered to be one of the most accessible college campuses in the world. NTID President Gerry Buckley and RIT Director of Disability Services Catherine Lewis chat about how that accessibility came to be, including the signing of the landmark 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act.

  • November 18, 2020

    two side-by-side portraits of a faculty and a staff member.

    Podcast: Global Cybersecurity Institute Unlocks a New Level  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 40: Steve Hoover, the Katherine Johnson Executive Director of GCI, and Justin Pelletier, a computing security lecturer and director of GCI Cyber Range and Training Center, provide a sneak peek of what the Global Cybersecurity Institute's new 52,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility has to offer.

  • November 6, 2020

    side-by-side portraits of a student and a faculty member.

    Podcast: Native Americans in Higher Education  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 39: Nicole Scott, director of RIT’s Native American Future Stewards Program, and Abigail Reigner, a second-year mechanical engineering student who is the regional student representative for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, discuss life as Native Americans in higher education, learning about Native cultures, and some of the unique ways RIT partners with tribal nations and organizations.

  • October 29, 2020

    three headshots of student and two faculty members.

    Podcast: Voting Rights: Past, Present, and Future  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 38: In 1920, women in the U.S. won the right to vote. But the 19th Amendment did not flip the switch for women equally, and the struggle against voter suppression continues. RIT Associate Professor Tamar Carroll and fourth-year student Anika Griffiths speak with Johns Hopkins University professor Martha S. Jones about the past, present, and future of voting rights and social justice in America.

  • May 21, 2020

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    Podcast: The Evolution of Printing  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 37: Printing, a storied industry, continues to see an evolution. RIT alumnus Henry Freedman and Professors Robert Eller and Bruce Myers discuss the strength of the industry, the rise of inkjet printing and the role RIT plays in developing professionals who can take the printing industry to the next level.

  • May 7, 2020

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    Podcast: A Pathway to the Grand Canyon  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 36: The right academic major can be a pathway to a dream career. Professor Tina Lent, director of RIT’s museum studies program, talks with 2019 alumna Katherine Hensel about how her degree in museum studies led to her dream job as a U.S. national park ranger.

  • April 16, 2020

    side-by-side portraits of Stephanie Rankin and Taj Smith.

    Podcast: Breaking Bread  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 35: It’s been said that diversity happens when people of different backgrounds share space in a community, but inclusion only happens when they spend quality time together. Taj Smith, director of diversity education, talks with Stephanie Rankin, director of foundation relations, about her participation in the Breaking Bread program.

  • March 31, 2020

    Richard Newman and Lisa Hermsen.

    Podcast: Experiencing History Where it Happened  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 34: Studying history is more than poring over textbooks and old documents. History Professor Richard Newman and humanities Professor Lisa Hermsen talk about place-based learning, which gets students into the community to experience where the history happened.