Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.66
Liaison Enid Cardinal
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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Rochester Institute of Technology
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Enid Cardinal
Senior Sustainability Advisor to the President
Office of the President
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:
Yes

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

Working within the context of RIT’s Strategic Plan, the Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion is responsible for influencing the design, development, delivery and measurement of initiatives, strategies, and processes as they relate to diversity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff. Under the leadership of the Vice President, the Division of Diversity & Inclusion provides a holistic range of programs and services that uphold the values of diversity and inclusiveness for students, faculty, and staff, and support compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity and affirmative action for all employees. The division works collaboratively with academic and administrative units in employee recruitment, hiring, and retention to increase the diversity of faculty and staff members, and to ensure a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant and accessible environment.


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

RIT offers five certificate programs regarding Diversity and Inclusion Competencies through Bridges, a competency-based training program, designed to help impart knowledge, awareness, and skills regarding diversity, that enhance inclusive behavior for the faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and graduate assistants of the RIT community. The program offers five certificates that are designed to enhance work-related skills at the university:
Certificate #1: Group Communications: Inclusive Approaches
Certificate #2: Group Dynamics and Diversity
Certificate #3: Ally Development
Certificate #4: Sustainability and Social Change
Certificate #5: Unconscious Bias

RIT Diversity Theater presents interactive learning workshops using theater and theatrical techniques to engage participants in meaningful experiences within the context of diversity and inclusion education.

Additionally, RIT offers the following Professional Development courses designed to assist in building an awareness of different cultures and to address issues associated with working effectively in the unique RIT community:

Bystander Behavior in Colleges & Other Settings
Diversity & Sustainability: Part One
Diversity & Sustainability: Part Two
Bullying Intervention
The Implicit Association Test (IAT): Understanding and Measuring Unconscious Bias
Inclusive Leadership: Micromessaging and You
The Karma of International Diversity: A Case Study
Knowing Your Own Mind: Unconscious Bias in the Workplace - Part 1
Part I: Ally Training: A Competency Base
Part II: The Ally Competency Base Applied to Real Life with an Expert Panel
Resolving Conflict - It’s as Simple as Respect
Safe Zone Training
Towers: Diversity and Production (Innovation)
Understanding Your Organization’s Inclusive Efforts
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Deconstructing Diversity Education
The “I” in Diversity

Additional Resources include:
ADVANCE - RIT
American Sign Language Learning Center
Human Resources Diversity Information
NTID Professional Development Group
Program I: Provost Summer Intensive American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Experience
Program II: Provost’s Development of ASL Communication Skill at RIT
Unconscious Bias Training for Faculty and Staff Search Committees
Undergraduate course offering: Inclusive Leadership
Custom designed diversity programs upon request through the Director of Diversity Education


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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https://nsfadvance.rit.edu/ has information about a number of these programs as well.

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