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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
5500 Wabash Ave
Terre Haute, Indiana 47803
Phone
(812) 877-1511
School Information
Welcome to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, home to 2,100 undergraduate and 100 graduate students majoring in engineering, science or mathematics. As we prepare students for their careers, our emphasis is on a hands-on education where students learn the value of teamwork as well as formulas and equations.
General Information
Rose-Hulman requires all first-year students to undergo diversity education in the areas of cultural awareness, implicit bias, and microaggressions. The Institute also leads an optional reading of Robin DiAngelo’s book, “White Fragility,” in which approximately 100 faculty members participate. New workshops on diversity education including anti-racism and equity are to be implemented. Rose-Hulman is planning to introduce cultural intelligence and unconscious bias certification training for faculty. It is also altering its admissions and hiring processes to identify and recruit more minorities.

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Institute is "Revising the hiring process to recruit diverse faculty and staff. A committee is currently furthering revision/development of our hiring manual, application process, search committee training, hiring rubric, including best practices from EEOC and ADA." For the student body, it is "Developing a longer-term student recruitment plan focused on identifying and recruiting a diverse student body."
  • As part of its "Diversity Mission Statement," the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging "[r]ecruit[s] and retain[s] students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds."
  • On June 29, 2023, the institute issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which reads as follows: "Rose-Hulman has not used a student’s race to determine admission to the institution. Rather, Rose-Hulman has viewed multiple factors including academic preparedness, commitment to science, math, and engineering, and personal attributes and experiences. In this way, Rose-Hulman has positioned itself to promote access and success for all students in STEM careers and education – especially those who have been historically underrepresented."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • "Initiating a campus-wide book read of Robin DiAngelo's award-winning books "White Fragility" for faculty and staff. The book unpacks and educates readers on matters of racism, white privilege, and anti-racism."
  • "Completing the purchase of a Diversity Training Package of 20 diversity education workshops, each running 60 to 90 minutes. We plan to offer these workshops throughout the academic year for all faculty, staff, and students." Topics include "microaggressions, implicit bias, gender equality, race, anti-racism, and equity."
  • Meeting with the Cultural Intelligence Center to discover ways to bring cultural intelligence and unconscious bias certification training to campus for leadership and faculty beginning in August [2020]."
  • Rose-Hulman’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion is “committed to building a diverse and inclusive community” and engages in “strategic outreach, recruiting, and support to diverse audiences” with scholarships, diversity game nights, and inclusion workshops.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • "Adding diversity education, specifically in areas of cultural awareness, implicit bias, and microaggressions, to the annual RHIT 100 courses for all first-year students."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Rose-Hulman released and announced to their campus community that beginning 2022, “it will celebrate Juneteenth as an official campus holiday.”
Program and Research Funding
  • On February 28, 2023, Rose-Hulman News announced that Computer Engineering Professor Carlotta Berry, PhD, received a $50,000 grant from the Open Source Hardware Association which would "help educators introduce mobile robotics to schools and community organizations, especially historically underserved youths." The purpose of the program is to diversity the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field.  
  • In April of 2022, Rose-Hulman News announced that it "received a $644,873 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its initiative, Indiana Youth Programs on Campus" which is "helping support colleges and universities as they provide enriching summer camp experiences for students who have historically been underrepresented in higher education." The summer camps are "designed to build students’ STEM skills and knowledge by working with Rose’s faculty and students, while interacting with high schoolers from around the world."
Resources
  • As part of its 2023-2024 Course Catalog, the institute offers a course titled "Race and Racism," which is described as follows: "Examines how race and racism persist as influential and divisive forces in contemporary life. Considers the historical, biological, and cultural dimensions of these topics with the goal of developing a clear understanding of how racism persists and identifying avenues to challenge its corrosive societal influences."
Symbolic Actions
  • The 2022 Commencement Speaker at Rose-Hulman was certified diversity professional and Chief Inclusion Officer at Northeastern University Karl W. Reid, who “sits on the National Council for Inclusive Innovation at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Committee on Advancing Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM Organizations at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM).”
  • The institutes Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging issued a "Statement on Microagressions," which reads as follows: "Rose-Hulman strives to provide an environment free of microaggressions, which are common verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether unintentional or intentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative characterizations and insults to people from marginalized groups."
Last updated April 30th, 2024
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