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RIT Commission for Promoting Pluralism records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0392

Scope and Contents

The Commission for Promoting Pluralism records contains nomination forms, lecture guides and registration forms related to the annual events hosted by the commission. Some of these events include the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, the recipients of the Isaac L. Jordan Award and a list of winners of the RIT Diversity Trailblazers Award. There are folders dedicated to the Annual Conference on Racism, the Annual Campus Week of Dialogue and the Annual Expression of Diversity Conference. Also included are numerous correspondence, promotions, status reports and student surveys.

Also included in this collection are VHS videotapes of some of the speakers during the 1990s and early 2000s. A detailed list can be found in this finding aid.


  • Creation: 1985-2011
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1991 - 2010

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Commission for Promoting Pluralism was established in 1991, prior to this it was known as the Commission on Cultural Diversity. The name was changed because it was felt that the title, “promoting pluralism,” better mirrored the work that needed to be done by the commission.

Isaac L. Jordan Sr. served as first chair, a position he held from 1991 until his death in 1994. The commission consisted of a representative group of RIT students, faculty, staff and administrators who nurtured an environment in which complex issues were discussed and all community members were valued for their individual contributions. The commission held many workshops, lectures and open discussion panels all related to discussions of race, gender and civil rights, as well as conferences such as an Annual Conference on Racism, Annual Campus Week of Dialogue and an Annual Expressions of Diversity Conference. Awards were designed to honor staff and faculty who were working diligently to promote diversity on campus. The commission has been superseded by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


3.5 Linear Feet (1 document box containing 11 folders and 2 cartons containing videotapes)




The collection contains various records, correspondence, event guides, promotions and reports related to the Commission for Promoting Pluralism at RIT from 1985-2011.


The materials are arranged by subject and chronologically within each folder. There are 11 folders.

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Commission for Promoting Pluralism videotapes

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Emily Kolenberg in July 2012.

RIT Commission for Promoting Pluralism records
RIT Archives
Emily Kolenberg
10 July 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA