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RIT and NTID are engaged in meaningful conversations and actions to identify and eradicate structural and systemic racism and enhance diversity and inclusion in our campus community in measurable ways. RIT and NTID are committed to ensuring a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant, and accessible environment for everyone.
The greater university is working on an Action Plan for Race and Ethnicity, and NTID will be a full participant in that plan. In addition, NTID is taking the steps outlined below. The plan outlined here aligns with the dimensions of RIT’s Strategic Plan 2025 that call for continuing to diversify our student population and improve graduation rates across all demographics as well as continuing to diversify our faculty and administration.
The goals and action steps in this plan build on NTID’s response to recommendations made by the Ebony Club in 2015 and on NTID’s response to recommendations made by the NTID Alumni Association Board in July 2020. We are grateful to those organizations and all of the individuals and groups who have shared their concerns, ideas, feedback, and support as we have developed this plan. NTID has received feedback from students, faculty and staff—individually and through NTID governance groups and organizations, including NTID Faculty Congress, NTID Staff Senate, the NTID Diversity Group, the NTID Alumni Association Board, the NTID Foundation Board, and the NTID National Advisory Group.
As president of NTID, Gerry Buckley has overall responsibility and accountability for this plan and has affirmed his commitment to ensuring the successful implementation of the plan and achievement of the identified goals. Alesia Allen, NTID’s assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion, will have responsibility for day-to-day oversight of the plan, assisted and supported by members of the NTID Diversity and Inclusion Executive Team, members of NTID’s Administrative Council, and those individuals who will have lead responsibility for specific action steps in the plan.
It’s important to emphasize that this work requires the ongoing commitment and support of everyone in the RIT/NTID community. We all want RIT and NTID to be better, stronger, and more welcoming of all people. Together, we will make meaningful and lasting change.