|NTID Student Congress|
|Motto||"Today's motivation is tomorrow's fulfillment!"|
|Type||Major Student Organization|
|Members||1,432 students in 2013-2014|
|Meetings||NTID Student Assembly|
NTID Student Congress is the largest Deaf and Hard of Hearing student organization at Rochester Institute of Technology, formed in 1971. NTID Student Congress has grown and evolving significantly over the past years to become one of the most recognizable organizations on campus.
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) NTID Student Congress is a Major Student Organization (MSO) that represents the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and numerous Deaf organizations at RIT. By hosting several events and programs throughout the year, the RIT NTID Student Congress hopes to better connect with its constituency in addition to informing and serving the RIT and greater Deaf community.
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In the Spring of 1971, College of NTID dean, Dr. William E. Castle, appointed a group of students to look into the formation of a government body and the writing of a student constitution. The project was successful, resulting in the approval of the NTID constitution by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the total voting membership of the RIT Student Government.
In 1977, Empire State Association of the Deaf (E.S.A.D) accepted the NTID Student Congress as a branch member. The association serve as the focal point of all cooperating agencies within New York State in promoting the welfare of the deaf in educational measures, in employment and in any other field affecting the deaf in their pursuits of economic security, social equality and rights and privileges as citizens.
The RIT/Gallaudet Weekend event started in 1978, was on Gallaudet University's turf that time. It is a competitive sport weekend between deaf students from RIT and Gallaudet University, located in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this event is to foster a spirit of sportsmanship, competition and cultural events. And to promote social relationships and interactions between both institutions. The name of this event has been evolving from "RIT/Gallaudet Weekend" to "RIT/Gallaudet Sports Weekend" to "BrickFest".
According to Reporter magazine issued that students protested the suspension of the NTID Student Congress (NSC) from Student Affairs on May 18, 1979. The suspension was because NSC failed to formulate a valid constitution.
In the Spring of 1983, the NSC made a proposal to serve on the RIT Student Government Board (proposed that NSC serves as a Major Student Organization in today's definition). And the Student Government (SG) approved this proposal. Now NSC is working closely with SG and other campus organizations such as the Residence Halls Association (RHA), the College Activities Board (CAB), and the Off-Campus and Apartment Student Association (OCASA).
"Equal access now!" chanted deaf RIT students with their hands and voices. In October and November 1991, hundreds of students rallied on campus to bring attention to the need to make RIT a fully accessible living and learning environment that recognizes deaf people's cultural and communication requirements. According to Anthony DiGiovanni III, third-year accounting student and 1991-92 president of the NTID Student Congress (NSC), who since the fall rallies has met regularly with administrators to address student concerns.In their Campaign for Accessibility Now, a highly publicized week long series of rallies, meetings with university administrators, and presentations to NTID's National Advisory Group and RIT's Board of Trustees, students expressed a need for greater access to safety measures and services on campus. 
In 1994, a Dean Student Leadership Advisory Group (DSLAG) has been formed by Dr. James J. DeCaro and Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz for the purposes of improving relations among students and faculty especially NTID Administrative Council. DSLAG met regularly in these years after critical issues with an emphasis on follow up to the "Campaign for Accessibility Now" (CAN) activities held in 1992. CAN lead to the establishment numerous access improvements and to the formation of the Provost's Deaf Access Committee. Dr. Gerard Buckley, NTID president, re-named NTID Student Leadership Advisory Group later in 2011.
Under the leadership of Mark Sullivan, NSC President for the 1999-2000 academic year, NTID Student Congress and NTID Student Assembly soared to new heights. The organization relocated from dormitory basement ofﬁce and meeting spaces into new multi-room headquarters located on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of NTID’s Shumway Dining Commons. NSC’s new location includes a large group meeting room, a computer lab, and spacious ofﬁces. According to Sullivan, this new visibility for NSC has allowed the greater NTID/RIT community to be a better place.
On April 2006, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Sorkin, a Film/Video and Animation major student, was elected as 2006-2007 Student Government president, making her the first deaf student government president at a U.S. college comprised of mostly hearing students. It is first time for former NTID Student Congress officer to hold the Student Government office. “We don’t just talk about diversity on this campus, we live it every day in so many ways,” said Sorkin. She and her vice president, Daniel Arscott, a Boston, Mass., native who is hearing, have campaigned around their slogan ‘Identify.’ “Dan and I want to ignite pride and honor, as well as loyalty for everyone who studies or works here. RIT already has a good spirit community emerging; Dan and I want to continue that momentum at full speed,” Sorkin said. Sorkin and her cabinet members worked to provide with bus routes posted at each stop, an earlier exam schedule and SGTV.
Opening on November 9th 2006, the CSD Student Development Center is a home for the NTID Student Congress, Student Life Team and multicultural clubs. It will also house a coffee/tea shop, a large multi-purpose meeting/conference center, a study center, and informal spaces that will facilitate interaction and socializing. Recognizing the critical need for students to feel connected and learning that goes beyond the classroom, the CSD-SDC will provide opportunities to strengthen students’ ties to the college, foster interaction with faculty and staff, and become a hub of campus activity, thereby improving students’ academic and personal success while they persist to graduation and obtain outstanding careers. CSD (Communication Service for the Deaf) is a private, non-profit telecommunications and human services organization based in Sioux Falls, S.D. Because of CSD’s generosity, community minded spirit, and support of deaf student growth and development, the dream of a Student Development Center has become a reality.
In the effective on January 1, 2011, Dr. Gerard Buckley is NTID’s first alumnus to serve as its president. He was a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Following a year-long search, which included 18 applicants, RIT President William W. Destler has announced that Buckley, 54, of Macedon, serves as president of NTID and vice president and dean of Rochester Institute of Technology. Buckley installed this office on May 6, 2011. He is the first NTID president who was also served as a NTID Student Congress president in 1976-1977.
On May 19, 2012, Gregory "Greg" Pollock graduated with bachelor of science in Professional and Technical Communication. He also completed his Student Government president terms. Pollock is second deaf former NSC president to be elected as a SG President. And he is the first deaf student to be elected to second consecutive term as Student Government president. Pollock fuels a phenomenal team of what he calls "SG Dream Team." A team of student leaders from Major Student Organizations, Campus Life, and SG's Senate who have committed themselves to bringing out the best of RIT. Under his leadership, Student Government transformed into a team of thoughtful leaders with an eye for improving campus life in innovative ways. "It's not about the politics, governance is just a eyelash... We're students who have often been told what our limits are...We've trained ourselves to erase those lines."
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|0.||1971-1972||Gerald Nelson||Mark Feder|
|1.||1972-1973||Mark Feder||Robert Mather|
|2.||1973-1974||Robert Mather||Mark Feder|
|3.||1974-1975||Robert Sidansky||Farid Bozorgi|
|Fall 1975||Paul Kiel||Richard Rothschid|
|4.||Winter 1975-Spring 1976||Carmen Sciandra||David Staehle|
|5.||1976-1977||Tom Penny (succeeded by Gerard Buckley)||Gerard Buckley|
|6.||1977-1978||Harry Woosley Jr.||David Staehle|
|7.||1978-1979||Raymond Conrad||Keith Cagle|
|8.||1979-1980||Harry Woosley Jr.||Jacqueline Schertz|
|9.||1980-1981||James F. Northcutt||Arthur Babin|
|10.||1981-1982||Larry Mackey (succeeded by Kent Kennedy)||Kent Kennedy (replaced by Sharron Meteiver)|
|11.||1982-1983||Phillip Gallant||Mary Essex|
|12.||1983-1984||Katherine Greene||Jeffrey Nardozza|
|13.||1984-1985||Jose Coelho (replaced by Lois Waldinger)||Leon R. Devriendt (replaced by Lawrence Smith)|
|14.||1985-1986||Martin Price||Lawrence Smith|
|15.||1986-1987||James Kemp||Martin Shapiro|
|16.||1987-1988||Bruce Beston||Angela Donnell|
|17.||1988-1989||Robert Gustafson (replaced by Eric Gjerdingen)||Mitchell Levy|
|18.||1989-1990||*Carl Dupree (succeeded by David Prince)||David Prince (replaced by Allen Hamilton)|
|19.||1990-1991||*Michael Berger||Mark Amissah|
|20.||1991-1992||Anthony DiGiovanni III||Michelle Price (replaced by Greg Randall)|
|21.||1992-1993||*Michael Berger (replaced by Elizabeth Grigsby)||Julianna V. Shapiro (replaced by Jeffrey Deja)|
|22.||1993-1994||Arkady Belozovsky||Matt T. Hochkeppel|
|23.||1994-1995||Tracey Washington||Erin Esposito|
|24.||1995-1996||Luis Reyes Jr.||Dawnmarie Caggiano|
|25.||1996-1997||Elizabeth Stone||Khari Balogun|
|26.||1997-1998||Debbye Byrne||Sean Furman|
|27.||1998-1999||Debbye Byrne||Mark Sullivan|
|28.||1999-2000||Mark Sullivan||Chamroeun Dee|
|29.||2000-2001||Alim Chandani||Daniel Millikin|
|30.||2001-2002||Matthew Sickon||Karriefh Norman|
|31.||2002-2003||Chamroeun Dee||Charles Sterling|
|32.||2003-2004||Christopher Samp||Amanda Sievers|
|33.||2004-2005||Charles Sterling||*Cassie Haynes|
|34.||2005-2006||Elizabeth Sorkin||Jonathan LeJeune|
|35.||2006-2007||Sarah Gordon||Harold Buchanan|
|36.||2007-2008||Mia Sanchez||David Spiecker|
|37.||2008-2009||Noella Kolash (succeeded by David Baughman)||David Baughman (replaced by Rosemary Kuplicki)|
|38.||2009-2010||Gregory Pollock||Aileen Wu (succeeded by Randal Jackson)|
|39.||2010-2011||Nathaly Mendez||James Flakes (replaced by Carolyn Huddleston)|
|40.||2011-2012||Gerilee Cristina||Julie Cho|
|41.||2012-2013||Corey Burton||Robert Harris|
|42.||2013-2014||Ashleen Evans||Danya Hinkle|
|43.||2014-2015||Alexander Van Hook||Ana Trujillo-Mendino|
|44.||2015-2016**||Keith Banks||Allison Friedman|
|45.||2016-2017||Kristina Bernhardt||Sami Williamson|
Years in Bold = Brickfest is at Rochester Institute of Technology's turf.
"2015-2016**" = hosted Tiger Fest as an event replacement for Rockfest & Brickfest's one year suspension.
* = deceased.