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RIT Appoints Keith Jenkins as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

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Keith_JenkinsRochester Institute of Technology has recently appointed Keith Jenkins as vice president and associate provost of Diversity and Inclusion.

Jenkins previously served as interim vice president and associate provost since June 2016.

“Keith is committed to working with university leaders and RIT Trustees to advance the mission and goals of RIT’s 2015-2025 Strategic Plan: Greatness Through Difference,” RIT President David Munson said in a statement. “The Division of Diversity and Inclusion continues to flourish under his leadership, as it works collaboratively with academic and administrative units to provide a holistic range of services that enhance access and success for historically underrepresented students, faculty and staff, support education and scholarship, and ensure a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant and accessible environment for everyone.”

Since joining RIT in 1992, Jenkins has served in several positions at the school, including RIT faculty-in-residence; first assistant provost for diversity; and director of undergraduate degree programs in the School of Communication.

“RIT’s commitment to diversity spans several decades,” Jenkins stated. “I am honored to continue the great work already underway as we, students, faculty and staff, together, model inclusive excellence, while advancing RIT’s diversity vision and mission.”

Jenkins has received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Florida State University.

His scholarly publications and presentations center around studies in intercultural communication, political and visual rhetoric, and the rhetoric of gospel song.

He replaced Kevin McDonald, who previously held the diversity leadership position from 2010 to 2016, in the position.

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