NTID Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The mission of the NTID Office of Diversity and Inclusion is to help transform NTID into a more inclusive and diverse learning community with emphasis on access, success, and equity by recruiting, retaining, and ensuring success of diverse students, faculty, and staff. NTID strives to build a community that values and respects one another by engaging all stakeholders and providing the best learning environment for faculty, staff, and student success. The NTID Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports this vision by promoting inclusion and diversity through different learning channels with emphasis on the inclusive model of excellence.

NTID recognizes that an inclusive and diverse community supports the goal of greatness through differences.

Diversity Spotlight

November celebrates Native American Heritage Month.
This week’s spotlight is alumna, Paula MacDonald.

Meet Our Team

Executive Team

Alesia Allen
Assistant Vice President for NTID Diversity and Inclusion
Joseph Hill
Assistant Dean NTID Faculty Recruitment and Retention
Thomastine Sarchet
Assistant Dean ALANA Academic Outreach, Access and Success
Peter Hauser
Assistant Dean for Research Mentorship

Support Staff

Christan Monin
Senior Staff Assistant

Alesia Allen is responsible for overseeing implementation of NTID’s Antiracism and Social Justice Plan. She serves as a member of the NTID Administrative Council and works closely with Keith Jenkins, RIT vice president and associate provost of diversity and inclusion, and his team. She monitors diversity, inclusion, equal opportunity and access regulations and issues in higher education and advises the NTID president and other NTID administrators on matters related to diversity and inclusion. Allen collaborates with faculty, staff, students, and other NTID units, including the NTID Diversity Group, to support diversity-related initiatives at NTID. She also has oversight responsibility for the NTID Faculty Program in Academia (NFPA), which is designed to diversify NTID’s faculty, and for recruitment and retention efforts for faculty and staff from historically underrepresented groups. 

Allen has experience working as a diversity dialogue facilitator, helping undergraduate students explore divisions among people on the basis of racial and ethnic identity and helping them examine racial and ethnic dynamics within and across deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing communities. She has provided multicultural workshops and mentored students of color, providing resources for them to succeed in their studies and in their careers following graduation.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from RIT/NTID and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Gallaudet University. 

As assistant dean for ALANA faculty recruitment and retention, Joseph Hill will work closely with Allen to diversify NTID’s faculty, with special emphasis on recruiting individuals who identify as African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American and Native American (ALANA). He will participate in the search process for faculty candidates, working with search committee chairs to increase diversity in candidate pools. He also will lead initiatives to support the retention and success of ALANA faculty members at NTID. As part of his new role, which is a three-year appointment, Hill will be a member of NTID’s Administrative Council.

Hill holds the rank of associate professor in NTID’s Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education. His research interests include socio-historical and -linguistic aspects of African-American variety of American Sign Language and attitudes and ideologies about signing varieties in the American Deaf community. His contributions include The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure (2011), which he co-authored with Carolyn McCaskill, Ceil Lucas, and Robert Bayley, and Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community (2012).

Hill earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Gallaudet University.

In Thomastine “Tommie” Sarchet-Maher’s new role as assistant dean of ALANA outreach, access, and success, she will work closely with NTID Academic Affairs on the development and expansion of domestic and international outreach and transition programs; dual-credit coursework; and assessments for admissions, placement and retention. She will work collaboratively to develop academic outreach and transition pipelines for ALANA, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), and international students that minimize barriers, increase access and participation to educational opportunities, and promote overall success. She also will serve as a member of NTID’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion executive team. 

Sarchet-Maher is a member of the NTID Administrative Council and has been director of the Center for International Educational Outreach (IEO) since 2016, overseeing NTID’s international partnerships. She also serves as liaison to RIT Global Education and works closely with RIT’s international admissions’ offices, consulting and advising on international deaf and hard of hearing applicants. In 2018, she was named the Paul and Francena Miller Endowed Chair for International Education for NTID, a rotating appointment through all colleges of RIT. 

She teaches in NTID’s Master of Science program in Secondary Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. She also leads curriculum development, assessment, training, and evaluation for international deaf education programs and established the Summer Transition Program (STP) and Fall Transition Program (FTP) with NTID faculty member Jessica Trussell. Sarchet-Maher serves as co-director for the Center for Education Research Partnerships (CERP) with Trussell. She is the 2005 recipient of the Isaac L. Jordan, Sr. Staff Pluralism Award; is a founding member of the NTID Diversity Group (NDG); co-chaired NTID’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee; and served as co-moderator for NTID’s First Community Dialogue on Race. As a BIPOC woman in a leadership role, Sarchet-Maher formally and informally mentors non-tenure track faculty and staff of color seeking education and career advancement.

Sarchet-Maher holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in secondary deaf education, both from RIT/NTID. She currently is completing her doctorate in Teaching and Curriculum at the University of Rochester.  

In Peter Hauser’s new role as the assistant dean of research mentoring, he will work closely with the NTID pre-tenure faculty and the faculty in the NTID Fellowship Program for Academia (NFPA) to support their individual development plans. He will establish and lead a committee to develop NTID’s five-year research plan, including research mentorship support and resources. He also will become a member of NTID’s Administrative Council.

Hauser has been the director of the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program for under-representative minorities in biomedical sciences funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2014 and the principal investigator (PI) of the Broadening the Participation of Deaf Individuals in Sign Language Research program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) since 2013. He served as the Science Mentorship Leader of the NSF Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning 2011 – 2015. He also served as the leader of the NTID Pre-Tenure Faculty Group since 2016 and will continue to be the point of contact for tenure-related questions and support. He founded the NTID Tenure Track People of Color group in 2017 that now will be led by NTID’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion executive team, of which Hauser is a member.

Hauser will continue to direct the NTID Research Center on Culture and Language (CCL) where NTID faculty study deaf and hard-of-hearing communities of practice with the goal of enhancing sociocultural connectedness, health, learning, and well-being. In 2011 when Hauser received his tenure, he was recognized as one of the RIT’s Principal Investigator (PI) Millionaires, and he was the first NTID faculty member who had funding from both National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health totaling over $1 million. Since then, he has continued to be awarded grants from both federal agencies. He has published more than 50 peer-review journal articles and book chapters and has presented his research all over the world. Hauser is the past recipient of the RIT Provost’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring (2018), NTID National Advisory Group Outstanding Service Award (2009), Isaac L. Jordan, Sr. Pluralism Award for Promoting Diversity (2006), RIT Exemplary myCourses Teaching Award (2006), and Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005).

Hauser holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and philosophy from Central Connecticut State University, and master’s degrees in psychology and linguistics and a PhD in clinical psychology, all from Gallaudet University.

Christan Monin is a senior staff assistant in the NTID Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She provides administrative support and assists in coordinating events, workshops, and trainings.

Christan works closely with NTID’s director of diversity and inclusion and director of recruitment and retention as well as with students. She also provides administrative support for the NTID Faculty Program for Academia (NFPA) and manages a database of deaf professionals.

Before joining RIT, Christan served as a staff assistant for the Academic Advisement and Undergraduate Admissions departments at SUNY Brockport. Christan holds two degrees from Brockport, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Health Science and a Master of Arts degree in English literature.

In her free time, Christan enjoys learning ASL, writing letters to her sponsored child in India, knitting, reading, cooking, and traveling.

Affiliated Organizations

NTID Diversity Group (NDG)

The NTID Diversity Group (NDG) is a faculty and staff volunteer group committed to promoting the best possible learning, living and working experience for AALANA (Asian, Latino, African, and Native American.) members of the RIT/NTID community. NDG's focus is community involvement, professional development and being a resource for the RIT/NTID community.

RIT Division of Diversity & Inclusion

The RIT 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.

NTID Faculty Program for Academia (NFPA)

The mission of the NTID Faculty Program for Academia (NFPA) is to work towards diversifying the faculty by increasing the number of post-secondary STEM instructors and professors from historically ​underrepresented groups who are qualified to teach DHH college students. The program provides qualified Fellows with up to three years of mentored experiences, opportunities, and resources to prepare them for academic careers working with the aforementioned population.

Each Fellow will have an individualized professional development team that will guide their overall career development and success. The program has two tracks: one for those who desire a post-secondary teaching career (lecture track) and one for those who desire a balanced teaching and scholarship career (assistant professor track).

While NTID is particularly interested in increasing the number of STEM faculty from underrepresented groups, candidates from other disciplines offered by NTID are eligible to apply.

NTID’s Antiracism and Social Justice Plan

Equal opportunity is one of our country’s most cherished values, but events here in Rochester and in communities across our nation demonstrate that we have work to do to ensure equal access and opportunity for all. The racism and inequity that exist in our society cannot be ignored.

See NTID's Antiracism and Social Justice Plan


An RIT Conversation on Racism


Related Communications and Resources


Thoughts on Classroom Inclusion and Mask Policy during Covid-19

Video Transcript (pdf)

From the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The majority of books recommended below are nonfiction and/or memoirs. Web resources are focused on addressing racial bias in the workplace or higher education (sometimes both). This list is of necessity incomplete and should only be used as a starting point for those seeking further resources and education on topics related to bias, prejudice, and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or nationality. Resources related to discrimination based on gender, sexuality, sexual identity, and disability are forthcoming.


Anti-Racist Literature (Starter)

  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America – by Ibram X Kendi
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism- by Robin Diangelo
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

Anti-Racist Literature (Intermediate)

  • The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America by Anders Walker
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, With a New Preface by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl
  • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • From #BLACKLIVESMATTER to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Anti-Racist Literature (Topic Specifics)

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in American City by Matthew Desmond (poverty housing)
  • Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill (police violence and mass incarceration)
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen (education, colonialism, ahistoricism)
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? By Beverly Daniel Tatum (education, discrimination, bias)
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein (housing, segregation, discrimination, redlining)
  • Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy by Darryl Pinckney (voter suppression, black voting)
  • Blackballed by Lawerence Ross (racism on college campuses)
  • Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies by Dick Gregory (history, culture, white supremacy)
  • Black and Deaf in America: Are We that Different by Ernest Hairston and Linwood Smith (BSL, Black family, education, VR)
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon (colonialism, liberation)
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing by Dr. Joy DeGruy (dehumanization, trauma, healing)
  • Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal (police violence)
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (education, liberation)
  • Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks (racism and sexism in the classroom)
  • Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique Morriris (education, discrimination, bias)
  • When Affirmative Action was White: an Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth Century America by Ira Katznelson (economic, government policies, discrimination)
  • The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
  • Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago by Rashad Shabazz (incarceration, segregation, identity)

Anti-Racist Literature (Biographies, Non-Fiction Novels, Personal Narratives)

  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X, Alex Haley, et al.
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Killing rage: Ending Racism by Bell Hooks
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • God Knows His Name: The True Story of John Doe No. 24 by Dave Bakke
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Pages from a Black Radical’s Notebook: A James Boggs Reader edited by Stephen M. Ward
  • Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • Solitary by Albert Woodfox
  • River Of Blood: American Slavery From The People Who Lived It. Interviews & Photographs of Formerly Enslaved African Americans edited by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: a Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
  • The Yellow House by Sarah Broom
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  • A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League by Ron Suskind

Anti-Racist Lit (Black Feminism)

  • How We Get Free: Black Feminism and Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins
  • Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by Bell Hooks, Adenrele Ojo, et al.
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittany Cooper
  • In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens by Alice Walker
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  • Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis
  • Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur and Angela Davis
  • Love WITH Accountability: Digging up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse edited by Aishah Shahidah Simmons
  • Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Anti-Racist Lit ( Black LGBTQI+)

  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name- A Biomythography by Audre Lorde
  • Real Life: A Novel by Brandon Taylor
  • Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers
  • No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies by E. Patrick Johnson
  • Since I Laid My Burden Down by Brontez Purnell
  • The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir by Staceyann Chin
  • No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L. Moore
  • The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie
  • Black Girl Dangerous: On Race, Queerness, Class and Gender by Mia McKenzie
  • Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology edited by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
  • How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Anti-Racist Literature (Fiction/Novel)

  • Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin
  • Roots by Alex Haley
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker


Native Americans


  • Hunger of Memory
  • In the Country We Love: My Family Divided
  • The Book of Unknown Americans

Immigrant stories

  • American Like Me
  • Becoming American

Multiple Identities

  • An African American and Latinx History of the United States

Understanding Bias in the Workplace

Higher Ed

Race and Criminal Justice

Discussing and Understanding Race