The Rochester Institute of Technology has been designated as a “diversity champion,” by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The school is one of the first colleges and universities in the nation to receive the designation.
“RIT is a visionary leader among campus communities striving for diversity and inclusion,” Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity, stated. “As a diversity champion school, RIT exceeds everyday expectations, often eclipsing even its own goals, and develops successful strategies that serve as models of excellence for other higher education institutions.”
According to Pearlstein, diversity champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity, and inclusion, throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels.
“This designation is quite an honor, and recognizes the high level of intentionality with which RIT approaches diversity and inclusion efforts, here and abroad,” Kevin McDonald, RIT’s vice president and associate provost for diversity and inclusion, stated. “I’m incredibly grateful to supportive, visionary, and creative cross-functional partners who have collaborated with our division every step of this rewarding journey toward inclusion.”
Fewer than 10 colleges and universities across the nation have received the designation, and the selected institutions have ranked in the top tier of the 92 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award recipients of 2015. INSIGHT Into Diversity presents the HEED Award annually, in order to recognize colleges and universities that have been dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive campus environment.
RIT also won INSIGHT into Diversity’s HEED award in 2014 and 2015. The school’s diversity division includes the Office for Faculty Recruitment, the Multicultural Center for Academic Success, the McNair Scholars Program, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, the Native American Future Stewards Program, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Higher Education Opportunity Program.