Alesia Allen stands in front of a white background with the RIT official seal and the NTID logo. She has long dark hair and is wearing glasses and a dark purple v-neck blouse.
Hello, I’m Alesia Allen, assistant vice president for NTID diversity and inclusion. I am pleased to share with our community an update on NTID’s Antiracism and Social Justice Plan. We have made progress on several of the action steps in the plan. I will share some highlights with you in this video. You can see the full plan and updates on the plan website.
On March 25, NTID announced that our college has established a $75,000 Antiracism Scholarship Fund as part of NTID’s Antiracism and Social Justice Plan. The fund is a joint effort between my office and the office of the NTID president. The fund will support up to five projects focused on antiracism research/scholarship or antiracism-related instruction. Proposals are due May 14, and funding will begin in August 2021. For more information, visit the antiracism plan website or contact Peter Hauser.
As part of our on-going efforts to provide training for faculty and staff, on April 9, NTID’s Office of the Associate Dean of Research hosted a virtual workshop by Dr. Lissa D. Ramirez-Stapleton, of California State University Northridge titled “You’re Not Neutral: Embracing Race Conscious Research Practices. This interactive workshop provided a space to reflect on the impact of race neutral research practices and the ways in which racism and cultural erasure negatively impact the good work researchers are trying to do. Participants had the opportunity to reflect and unpack their own socialization around race, investigate how race has influenced their own research practices, and gain helpful tips on how to center, value, and embrace race from the initial research idea to publication.
We’re very excited to announce that NTID’s pilot mentoring program is up and running with six ALANA mentors and six ALANA student mentees. I look forward to reporting to the community about how the program is going and about future expansion.
On March 26, my diversity and inclusion team and I provided an update for the NTID Staff Senate on NTID’s Antiracism and Social Justice Plan as well as the work my office is doing. This presentation was delivered via Zoom and was open to NTID staff. On April 1, we provided an update on the plan for NTID faculty, staff, and students, also via Zoom, and more than 100 people attended.
I am pleased to share with you that NTID’s Randleman Program is kicking of the Randleman Summer Intensive Program for Interpreters of Color. The program is designed for interpreting students in their senior year of an interpreter training program and for interpreters with up to five years of experience. Visit the program website for more information.
The NTID Administrative Council held a virtual retreat on Wednesday, April 7, to review progress on NTID’s antiracism plan and prepare for next steps in implementing the plan.
This is just some of the work that’s underway. Be sure to check the plan website for more updates.
I will communicate with the community in the future with more videos like this one to keep everyone informed of NTID’s progress.
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