News by Topic: Community Outreach

RIT is a proud member of the Rochester community and is dedicated to giving back, whether it’s through donating to charitable causes, organizing events to raise awareness of certain issues, or empowering local education.

  • May 24, 2022

    photo illustration of people walking along a street in a parade, and people sitting on top of a convertible.

    ‘Clarissa Uprooted’ exhibit coming to City Art Space

    Starting on June 3, the exhibit “Clarissa Uprooted: Unearthing Stories of Our Village (1940s-early 1970s)” will open in the RIT City Art Space. This show, created through a partnership between the Center for Teen Empowerment in Rochester and the Clarissa Street Reunion Committee, has involved a number of collaborators including RIT faculty and students from the College of Art and Design and the College of Liberal Arts.

  • May 24, 2022

    portrait of researcher Brenda Abu.

    RIT researcher studies pica practices and iron nutrition among pregnant women

    Brenda Abu, assistant professor in RIT’s Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, seeks to understand the effect pica, iron deficiency anemia, and food insecurity have on maternal health during pregnancy. Pica refers to excessive craving and/or eating of non-food items, such as, clay, soil, paper, ice, and paint chips.

  • May 9, 2022

    woman sitting in a chair and another woman standing with her arms crossed.

    Protectors of a diverse history

    The field of museum studies is changing. Not only are the people working in nationwide cultural institutions becoming more diverse, but the narratives told within those institutions are more inclusive and equity-focused. RIT’s museum studies program, led by Program Director Juilee Decker, aims to accelerate this momentum.

  • May 9, 2022

    mother and child reading a Sesame Street book.

    New lab studies cognitive development in children

    Rain Bosworth, an assistant professor and experimental psychologist at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, has created a new research lab that will help scientists learn more about cognition, language, and perception in infants and young children.

  • May 9, 2022

    side-by-side portrait of faculty members Irshad Altheimer and Janelle Duda-Banwar.

    Initiative focuses on trauma of gun violence 

    The Rochester Beacon talks to Irshad Altheimer, director of the Center for Public Safety Initiatives, and Janelle Duda-Banwar, senior research associate in the Department of Criminal Justice, about their partnership with Jordan Health.

  • April 27, 2022

    student running through the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

    Computer engineering student runs for charity

    First-year computer engineering student Aidan Hyman ran his sixth marathon on April 18 in Boston. Originally from Los Angeles, Hyman has run marathons to raise money for research on a variety of life-threatening conditions.

  • April 26, 2022

    graphic reads Soy Unica, Soy Latina.

    RIT hosts Latinas Unidas’ rally for girls April 30

    Rochester Institute of Technology will host a day of empowering workshops for Latina girls and young women. ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 in the RIT Student Alumni Union.

  • April 26, 2022

    three students posing for a photo.

    First graduates from RIT’s partner charter school poised to receive their RIT degrees

    A trio of trailblazing students who came to RIT from the university’s partner charter school will fulfill a long-term promise when they receive their college degrees at commencement this May. Zaid Abdulsalam, Ismael Cortes Jr., and Justice Marbury were among the first students to enroll at Rochester Prep High School, and they were the three students from the first graduating class in 2018 who chose RIT as their destination.