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  • December 20, 2016

    Presidential Diversity Council holds first meeting

    At this initial meeting, Seligman laid out ambitious plans for the council, including assessments and ongoing programming anticipated for faculty, students, and staff. As its initial act, the PDC voted unanimously to have Martin Luther King, ... more

  • November 18, 2016

    Installation shows ‘beauty in inclusivity’

    On Display, a “deconstructed art exhibit,” explores the diversity of the human form. The piece been performed around the world and had its Rochester premiere at the Memorial Art Gallery in October. A December performance is ... more

  • September 21, 2016

    Federal grants recognize University’s programs for underserved students

    Two National Science Foundation grants expand the reach of programs that engage underrepresented minority, low-income, and first-generation students in science and engineering.

  • July 14, 2016

    Days of tragedy

    Flags in front of the Eastman Quad and Rush Rhees Library fly at half staff after the mass shooting in Dallas, Texas. The University hosted two community dialogues on "Race in America, Race in Rochester" to ... more

  • May 13, 2016

    New partnership to enhance diversity in classical music

    The Eastman School of Music and the Gateways Music Festival, which have partnered since 1995, have announced a new alliance that strengthens the organizations’ efforts to promote and increase diversity in the field of classical music.

  • April 7, 2016

    Diversity conference asks: What do you stand for?

    This year's annual diversity conference on Friday, April 8, comes on the heels of an academic year that has included numerous discussions of race and diversity at Rochester—part of an initiative to address those issues at ... more

  • January 26, 2016

    Presidential Diversity Award recipients recognized

    The recipients of the 2016 Presidential Diversity Award are Janice Holland, senior HR representative, diversity specialist/facilitator, and community liaison; the One Community program; and Kathy Rideout, dean of the School of Nursing.

  • January 22, 2016

    Diversity Awards 2016

    Walter Cooper '56 greets violist and ROCmusic director Alexander Peña, who performed at the 2016 University of Rochester Diversity Awards reception at Witmer House on January 20. The Diversity Awards recognize the accomplishments of faculty, staff, ... more

  • January 26, 2015

    2015 Diversity Award winners honored at annual Martin Luther King Jr. address

    The Eastman Pathways Program and Kristin Hocker, an organizational development specialist with Human Resources, were honored as the University’s 2015 Presidential Diversity Award recipients.

  • January 15, 2015

    Author and director of Schomburg Center of Black Culture to deliver MLK Commemorative Address

    Khalil Gibran Muhammad will deliver the University's 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. Muhammad is author of Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America</em>, in which he explored the roots ... more


Student Protest Demands

In November, 150 students held a protest to demand improvements in campus diversity and a stronger stance against racism.

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Student Protest

Did you know?

  • OMSA provides counseling, disseminates information, initiates programs, and acts as a liaison with other departments of the university to enhance the environment in which minority students live and learn.

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  • In aggregate, underrepresented minority enrollment has grown at the University from 7.6 to 9.6 percent between fall 2006 and fall 2014.

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  • Past MLK Commemorative Address speakers have included Martin Luther King III, Jesse Jackson, and Melissa Harris-Perry.

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