Candice Baldwin has been named the new director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Success at Rochester Institute of Technology. The former director of multicultural affairs at Mount Ida College in Massachusetts will begin her new role on June 1.
"From the first conversation, I felt a strong connection to RIT," says Baldwin. "During the interview process, I was very impressed with members of the RIT community and the current Multicultural Center for Academic Success staff members. I felt that RIT would be an environment where I will be able to thrive and make a significant impact on the student population."
Baldwin brings both academic and administrative experience to her new position. While at Mount Ida College, she coordinated multi-department student support services, served as a mentor and advisor for four student organizations and provided multicultural program and diversity training for the campus. She also taught courses in algebra and economics.
Prior to this, Baldwin was a doctoral fellow and led the Sharpe Community Scholars program at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She managed the service learning projects for the Sharpe Scholars program as well as its assessment function and annual leadership training.
She is currently the regional advisor for the Youth and College Division of the NAACP and also serves as its Boston Branch secretary. Baldwin has received numerous awards for her academic and community service, has participated as a policy fellow for U.S. Rep. Robert Scott and serves on the board of directors for Emerge Massachusetts.
RIT's Multicultural Center for Academic Success, formerly known as the North Star Center, is part of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Established in 2000, it serves all campus students, particularly African American, Latino American and Native American students, and focuses on retention and persistence toward graduation.
"It is my hope to step in this role with fresh eyes, where I will enhance the current work of the MCAS office as well as institute a nationally recognized academic success model for working with AALANA students," Baldwin adds. "I am energized about this new opportunity to carry out my passion of making sure that all students receive the support and guidance they need to persist to graduation and beyond."