NTID Office of Diversity and Inclusion

RIT Statement on the death of Daniel Prude

President Munson's statement ASL interpreted

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.

Meet our Team

Alesia Allen
NTID Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Christan Monin
Senior Staff Assistant

Dr. Alesia Allen has more than 15 years of professional, clinical, and teaching experience. She most recently served as a visiting assistant professor in NTID’s Department of Liberal Studies where she taught a variety of courses in psychology as well as engaging in scholarship, mentoring students, and serving on several committees.

As NTID’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Allen will be responsible for all NTID affairs related to diversity and inclusion, including monitoring NTID’s progress on university wide and NTID-specific diversity initiatives and goals, and advising NTID President Gerry Buckley and other NTID administrators on matters related to diversity. She will serve as a member of the NTID Administrative Council and will work closely with Keith Jenkins, RIT vice president and associate provost of Diversity and Inclusion, and his team. She also will monitor diversity, inclusion, equal opportunity and access regulations and issues in higher education; present on these topics to internal groups of faculty, staff, and students; and work with student leaders and other NTID units, including the NTID Diversity Group, to support diversity-related initiative.

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 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


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