RIT Women’s Council

Our goal for Women's Council of RIT in the coming years is to build a formidable global resource for all women alumnae and friends. Women's Council members will benefit from social friendships, networking, career support, and life knowledge sharing, while advancing RIT through fundraising and supporting current female students and prospective female students. We will be a community that advances RIT and benefits our members personally and professionally.

The RIT Women’s Council brings together alumnae, women faculty and staff, and female friends of the university who believe that by sharing our knowledge and support, great things can be achieved. Our members help female students to achieve their dreams, strengthen alumnae as they pursue challenging careers and meaningful lives, and bring our unique voices to RIT’s decision-making bodies to drive positive change.

Women’s Council members are doers and achievers. We are changing the dynamic and reshaping the conversation around what it means to be a successful, caring, and powerful person, and we are reframing the perception of RIT women in our communities, industry, and at the university.

We have a rich history as a body of well-connected and determined women who seek to enrich the lives and experiences of our members and the women who surround us. Consider joining us today to be part of the future of women at RIT.

History

Established in 1955, WCRIT’s main purpose is to award scholarships to RIT women students who earn high academic achievement as well as community and RIT involvement while dealing with extenuating circumstances.

Read more about the history of Women’s Council at RIT

Membership

Collage of Women's Council Members

As a member of RIT’s Women’s Council, you will join a group of your peers to support the success of women students, alumni, faculty and staff. Through Women’s Council programs, you will have the opportunity to network with other RIT-connected women for professional development, community service, and personal growth. Your connection with women students will provide personal and professional mentoring so they become confident young professionals as they enter the workforce. And your participation in RIT events, committees and special initiatives will bring our organization’s perspective to campus leaders.

Women’s Council annual membership dues support programming, and fundraising efforts support scholarships and other student awards.

Member Benefits:

  • Resources and scheduled programs that include opportunities to interact and network with fellow members 
  • Social events on campus and in the community
  • College courses (undergraduate/graduate including online courses) auditable for free with permission from faculty/chairperson.
  • Opportunity to participate in RIT events

Join

Annual dues for membership are $45. To join, please complete this RIT Women’s Council membership form and follow the instructions provided regarding sending annual dues via PayPal or check.

Make a Gift

You can make a gift to RIT and support one of the Women’s Council’s focus funds. Please make a gift online and indicate on the form which of the areas you would like to support.

Events

Glass pumpkins of a table

Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch

Fundraiser for Women’s Council/RIT Glass Program Collaborative Scholarship

The results are in! The 2022 Women's Council Glass Pumpkin Sale is in the books, with a total of 623 pumpkins sold (22% increase over 2021) and total revenue of $47,420 (47% higher than 2021)!.

Our sincere thanks to the team at RIT's ShopOne for their work in making this scholarship fundraiser so successful, and to David Schnuckle and the students of the Glass Program for their skill and talent. We're so please to have such great partners, and so glad we are now able to make the pumpkin sale accessible to Tigers across the country. 

All pumpkin profits will support the Women’s Council/Glass Program Collaborative Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2018 to provide scholarship support to graduate MFA students working primarily with glass in the School for American Crafts or School of Art within RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (now the College of Art & Design, CAD).

All inquiries about the pumpkin sale can be directed to shopone@rit.edu. In person shopping hours are Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 5:00.

Watch students create their glass pieces on the College of Art and Design's Instragram page

Member and Guest Webinars

Women's Council hosts a quarterly "Lunch and Learn" webinar for members and invited guests featuring a WCofRIT member sharing professional and life experiences. The webinars are via zoom, and include a networking session. Contact wcofrit@gmail.com for an upcoming list of webinars. 

Special Events

WCofRIT regularly partners with other RIT-connected groups to present fun and informative events. Osher Lifelong Learning Center, RIT's colleges, and RIT Alumni Relations all share in our efforts to bring great opportunities to our members. Please join WCofRIT to receive these invitations. 

Scholarships and Funds Supported by Women’s Council

Women’s Council of RIT Endowed Scholarship was established in 1998. The annual distribution from this fund provides scholarship support annually to women students who exhibit a strong commitment to a high academic average while struggling with an exceptional/difficult personal or family circumstance. WCRIT members are encouraged to choose this fund for their memorial/in-honor of contributions and annual gifts to RIT.

Women’s Council/Glass Program Collaborative Scholarship was stablished in 2018 to provide scholarship support to graduate MFA students working primarily with glass in the School for American Crafts or School of Art within RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (now the College of Art & Design, CAD).

The original campus childcare center was established in 1972 as the Horton Child Care Center through the generosity of Metha Horton in honor of her husband, Edward.  Margaret’s House was established in 1996 through the generosity of the late Alfred Davis, Vice President Emeritus, and named in honor of his wife, Margaret Welcher Davis. The program provides childcare for approximately 90 children of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. WCRIT makes an annual contribution to assist in providing tuition for children from low income families.

Wallace Center is the recipient of books or media purchased in memory of, or in honor of WCRIT members. Traditionally, the choices reflect the personal interests of the member. WCRIT also established the Women’s Council Collection, composed of books that focus on women’s issues. In addition, WCRIT has provided the financial means to preserve several of the oldest and most treasured historical records of the Institute.

Outstanding Graduating Student Award was first presented in May 1997 and acknowledges a senior who has completed her studies successfully in spite of difficult or compelling life circumstances while maintaining high academic & service achievements.  

RIT Ambulance is a community-run Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency that recently celebrated 50 years of service to the RIT campus. Comprised of state-certified students, staff, and alumni volunteers, RIT Ambulance operates a New York State Certified Basic Life Support ambulance and a Basic Life Support first response/command vehicle. In addition to emergency calls, RIT Ambulance provides standbys for concerts, sporting events, and other social gatherings for the RIT community. The WCRIT makes an annual contribution to the Ambulance Corp Fund.

Bridging the Gap Endowed Emergency Fund was established in 2015 in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Women's Council of RIT to help students with one-time unexpected emergency financial shortfalls. The fund reached its $60,000 goal in 2019 and was retired from WCRIT’s ongoing commitments. 

Contact Us

Email:  wcofrit@gmail.com

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RIT Contacts

Corinne Endres
Associate Director Alumni Relations, Regional Programs
Alumni and Constituent Relations
Linda Miller
Exec Director of Presidential Advancement
Presidential Advancement