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Rochester Institute of Technology

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
One Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623
Phone
(585) 475-2411
Email address
admissions@rit.edu
School Information
"Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with nearly 19,000 students and more than 135,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. At RIT, we are always on to something amazing." The university enrolls over 18,600 students across its 11 schools and employs over 1,500 faculty. (Source: https://www.rit.edu/about-rit)
General Information
The university has not yet implemented university-wide initiatives. However, RIT has created an anti-racism pledge and campaign specifically for its white male faculty. No challenges have been made against this program. RIT has begun to require anti-racism training for faculty and staff, and has begun infusing anti-racism into the curriculum. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The university announced, as part of its Action Plan for Race and Ethnicity, it will, "Working with appropriate governance committees, evaluate the extent to which RIT’s curricular offerings appropriately reflect the commitments and priorities of RIT with regard to diversity and inclusion."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The university announced, as part of its Action Plan for Race and Ethnicity, "All of RIT’s senior leadership and managers will be required to participate in a development program focused on inclusive leadership." The university also said that it will, "Develop manager education around what it means to be an inclusive leader and create a program for supervisors to develop skill sets and confidence to implement DEI plans for individual employees" and "Institute an annual requirement for all employees to receive education related to creating an inclusive culture."
  • The university announced, as part of its Action Plan for Race and Ethnicity, it will, "Require current Inclusive Hiring Training for all search chairs and committee members."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • University created an anti-racism pledge and campaign for white male faculty.
Program and Research Funding
  • The university announced, as part of its Action Plan for Race and Ethnicity, it will, "Enhance the research and education climate by proposing a Center on Race and Justice that addresses issues important to Rochester and this region and make funding a development priority."
Resources
  • The university announced, as part of its Action Plan for Race and Ethnicity, it will, "Create and support formal structures, broader engagement in and accountability for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work (e.g., committees, governance involvement, dedicated staff diversity-related positions, appraisals, etc.)."
Symbolic Actions
  • The university announced, as part of its Action Plan for Race and Ethnicity, it will, "Create a new tradition of Day of Understanding, Solidarity and Racial Reconciliation over the next five years to build a culture of brave, accountable, and effective dialogue about race, ethnicity, and racism."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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