News by Topic: Diversity

RIT is open to all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, ability, and culture, and actively supports the inclusion of all communities. Through accessible technologies and academic programs, research on social issues, and celebrations of individuals from all backgrounds, RIT hopes to be the model for a brighter future for all people.

  • November 13, 2020

    artist standing next to sculpture of Anna Murray Douglass, wife of Frederick Douglass.

    Anna Murray Douglass art installation to be unveiled Friday

    An art installation depicting Anna Murray Douglass, the first wife of famed social reformer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, will be unveiled today at the site of where the couple lived at 297 Alexander St. in Rochester from 1848 to 1851. The piece was funded by RIT.

  • November 13, 2020

    graphic reads: Graduate Education Week, November 16-20.

    RIT celebrates graduate student research with weeklong virtual symposium Nov. 16-20

    RIT will celebrate graduate research during the 13th annual Graduate Education Week and Showcase: A Vision into the Future. The virtual event—Nov. 16 to 20—creates a platform for sharing and exchanging ideas during the COVID-19 pandemic, with pre-recorded and live presentations, demonstrations, visual exhibitions, and an alumni panel discussion.

  • November 6, 2020

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    Podcast: Native Americans in Higher Education  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 39: Nicole Scott, director of RIT’s Native American Future Stewards Program, and Abigail Reigner, a second-year mechanical engineering student who is the regional student representative for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, discuss life as Native Americans in higher education, learning about Native cultures, and some of the unique ways RIT partners with tribal nations and organizations.

  • October 30, 2020

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    RIT/NTID Randleman Program announces new protégés

    Addressing the need for diverse representation in the sign language interpreting profession is the goal of a highly successful program at NTID. The Randleman Program aims to equip interpreters of color who are newer to the field for the demands of interpreting in a postsecondary environment, while simultaneously increasing diversity representation.

  • October 30, 2020

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    RIT/NTID announces personnel changes to support antiracism programs

    NTID has announced personnel changes in support of the college’s Antiracism and Social Justice Plan, which is scheduled for release this fall. Alesia Allen has been named assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion; Joseph Hill will serve as assistant dean for ALANA faculty recruitment and retention; Thomastine “Tommie” Sarchet-Maher is assistant dean of ALANA Outreach, Access, and Success; and Peter Hauser has been named assistant dean of research mentoring.

  • October 29, 2020

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    Podcast: Voting Rights: Past, Present, and Future  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 38: In 1920, women in the U.S. won the right to vote. But the 19th Amendment did not flip the switch for women equally, and the struggle against voter suppression continues. RIT Associate Professor Tamar Carroll and fourth-year student Anika Griffiths speak with Johns Hopkins University professor Martha S. Jones about the past, present, and future of voting rights and social justice in America.

  • October 28, 2020

    poster for Race and Gender in Scholarship event, 1-2:30 p.m. October 30, with Laverne McQuiller-Williams, Jocelyn Dawson, Rebecca Sumner and Seretha Williams.

    RIT Libraries hosts conference on race, gender in scholarship

    Disparities of race, gender, and ethnicity in scholarly publishing will be the focus of a conference hosted by RIT Libraries this Friday. “Scholarship in the 21st century: Race and Gender in Scholarship” will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Registration is required.

  • October 28, 2020

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    Odessa Despot appointed to South Asian American Digital Archive board of directors

    Odessa Despot, staff psychologist with RIT’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS), has been appointed to the board of directors for the South Asian American Digital Archive. The nonprofit organization aims to create a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences.