Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence activities ensure all feel welcome

The College of Science recognizes that a welcoming and inclusive environment is the heart of a successful student experience. Our Inclusive Excellence initiative is working toward a diverse and inclusive community full of discussion, peer-collaboration, and meaningful interactions between all.

The activities are funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which in 2017 recognized RIT’s potential and granted the College of Science a $1 million Inclusive Excellence award. Faculty involved understand that RIT’s increasingly diverse students deserve an environment in which all are valued and supported. Each student, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or other identity, brings unique perspectives and strengths that improve our classrooms, research laboratories, and community.

College of Science faculty are paying close attention to how they can create and engage in inclusive research mentoring, beginning by identifying, recruiting, and mentoring students as individuals. Seminars by national experts and faculty and student/faculty discussions explore how best to create meaningful, productive relationships.

Faculty are also creating new classroom practices and pedagogies that promote student reflection and sense of identity. These deepen the student experience in the classroom, increase the sense of purpose in foundational STEM courses, and increase individual student success.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend our regular events, including external seminars, “coffee chat” discussions of issues relevant to our community, and other social events. These events help build a strong community, a focal point of the initiative. We hope you will join us!

This program is supported in part by a grant to RIT from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Science Education Program.


  • November 15, 2019

    panel of three female students sitting at a table

    What Students Wish Faculty Knew

    A voluntary panel of students facilitated a valuable discussion during the Inclusive Excellence Initiative event, "What Students Wish Faculty Knew."

  • June 7, 2017

    People accepting awards on stage in gallery

    RIT receives $1M to promote diversity

    RIT has been awarded $1 million as part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Inclusive Excellence Initiative to increase diversity and inclusivity among undergraduate science majors and develop a strategy for supporting their success.