NTID Student Congress
NSC Logo
Abbreviation NSC
Motto "Today's motivation is tomorrow's fulfillment!"
Recognition 1972
Type Major Student Organization
President Franly Ulerio-Nunez
Advisor Marvin "Tim" Albert
Members 1,432 students in 2013-2014[1]
Mascot Eagle
Meetings NTID Student Assembly
Website http://www.rit.edu/ntid/nsc

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.[2]

About Us

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.


  1. To represent the interests and concerns of all its members before the Rochester Institute of Technology Student Government.
  2. To create awareness of the issues among all members of the community.
  3. To provide a platform for expression for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing majority and minority communities of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
  4. To encourage union, interaction, and understanding among all NTID and cross-registered students who converge at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
  5. To provide leadership and facilitate communication, cooperation, networking, and mutual support among its affiliates.
  6. To advocate and encourage NTID and cross-registered students personal growth and advancement of NTID and cross-registered students within RIT as a whole and individually.



(under the construction)



First NSC Officers

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.[3][4]

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.

NSC as a branch member of the ESAD.

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".

Students protested for NSC constitution at front of the Student Alumni Union building on May 18, 1979.

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.[5]


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).


Students chanted "Equal access now!" for their Campaign for Accessibility Now movement at George Eastman Hall.

"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. [6]

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.[7]


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.[8] 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 an NTID Student Congress president in 1976-1977.[9]

On May 19, 2012, Gregory "Greg" Pollock graduated with a 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 an SG President. And he is the first deaf student to be elected to a 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 an eyelash... We're students who have often been told what our limits are...We've trained ourselves to erase those lines."

Communication Access Now's Walk of Solitary-- April 2016 Convocation Protest-- November 19, 2016

Presidents/Vice Presidents

Tentative List

This section requires expansion.
No. Years President Vice President
0. 1971-1972 Gerald Nelson[10] Mark Feder[11]
1. 1972-1973 Mark Feder[11] 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)[9] Gerard Buckley[9]
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[12] Michelle Price (replaced by Greg Randall)[12]
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[7] Chamroeun Dee
29. 2000-2001 Alim Chandani[7] Daniel Millikin[7]
30. 2001-2002 Matthew Sickon[13] Karriefh Norman
31. 2002-2003 Chamroeun Dee[14] Charles Sterling
32. 2003-2004 Christopher Samp[15] Amanda Sievers[15]
33. 2004-2005 Charles Sterling[16] *Cassie Haynes[16]
34. 2005-2006 Elizabeth Sorkin[17] Jonathan LeJeune[17]
35. 2006-2007 Sarah Gordon[18] Harold Buchanan[18]
36. 2007-2008 Mia Sanchez[19] David Spiecker[19]
37. 2008-2009 Noella Kolash (succeeded by David Baughman)[20] David Baughman (replaced by Rosemary Kuplicki)
38. 2009-2010 Gregory Pollock[21] Aileen Wu[21] (succeeded by Randal Jackson)
39. 2010-2011 Nathaly Mendez[22] James Flakes[22] (replaced by Carolyn Huddleston)
40. 2011-2012 Gerilee Cristina[23] Julie Cho[24]
41. 2012-2013 Corey Burton[25] 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 Samuel Williamson
46. 2017-2018 Franly Ulerio-Nunez Ronnie Zuchegno Jr.

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 indefinite suspension.

* = deceased.

Annual Events


BrickFest Bash

NSC Election

NTID Awards


  1. NTID's 2013 Annual Report. Page 7. National Technical Institute for the Deaf. (December 13, 2013).[1]
  2. NTID Student Congress. Major Student Organizations. Center for Campus Life. [2]
  3. Aboutcom. People-William Castle of NTID. (April 9, 2009). [3]
  4. NTID timeline. Page 13. NTID FOCUS magazine. (Winter/Spring 1993). [4]
  5. RIT Protests. Reporter magazine online. (November 16, 2006). [5]
  6. Equal. Page 16. NTID FOCUS magazine. (Spring 1992). [6]
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 On Campus. Something Extra for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students at RIT. Page 5. NTID FOCUS magazine. (Fall 2000). [7]
  8. Deaf Student Makes History on College Campus. University News. (April 23, 2006). [8]
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 NTID's New President: An Interview With Dr. Gerard J. Buckley. Page 4. NTID FOCUS magazine. (Fall/Winter 2010). [9]
  10. Distinguished Alumni Award. Gerald "Jerry" Nelson. (2012). [10]
  11. 11.0 11.1 Alumni Profiles. Mark Feder. Page 15. NTID FOCUS magazine. (Fall/Winter 2011). [11]
  12. 12.0 12.1 Around the Quad. Students Rally for Accessibility. Page 3. NTID FOCUS magazine. (Winter/Spring 1992)[12]
  13. Tributes from the Heart. Matt Sickon. Page 7. NTID FOCUS magazine. (Fall/Summer 2003).[13]
  14. Profiles in College. Chamroeun Dee. Page 14. NTID FOCUS magazine. (Fall/Summer 2003). [14]
  15. 15.0 15.1 From the Dean. Page 2. RIT/NTID ParentNews newsletter. (2003). [15]
  16. 16.0 16.1 New NTID Leaders. Page 1. RIT/NTID ParentNews newsletter. (2004). [16]
  17. 17.0 17.1 NTID Student Congress Leaders. Page 1. RIT/NTID ParentNews newsletter. (2005)[17]
  18. 18.0 18.1 From the Vice President and Dean. Page 2. RIT/NTID ParentNews newsletter. (Fall2006Winter2007).[18]
  19. 19.0 19.1 Election Results. Reporter Online. (April 27, 2007).[19]
  20. Student Government Weekly Update. Reporter Online. (April 25, 2008). [20]
  21. 21.0 21.1 New NTID Student Congress Officers Vow To Be Receptive. NTID News. (April 27, 2009). [21]
  22. 22.0 22.1 Student Government Senate Meeting minutes. (April 23, 2010).[22]
  23. Student Government Senate Meeting Minutes. (April 22, 2011).[23]
  24. Student Government Senate Meeting Minutes. (April 22, 2011).[24]
  25. Profiles In College. Corey Burton. Page 8. NTID FOCUS magazine. (Fall/Winter 2012). [25]

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