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The Handbook for Underrepresented Ethnicities (HUE) is a resource to improve the experiences of individuals from historically underrepresented ethnicities while attending the University of Rochester.

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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.

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

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

Andre Hodges ’22, president of the Douglass Leadership House, presented the commemorative address at the 10th anniversary of the house. (University of Rochester photo / Lori Packer)

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Douglass Leadership House celebrates 10th anniversary

For ten years, the Douglass Leadership House on the River Campus has served as a symbol of—and space for—Black excellence, persistence, and fortitude.

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Sydney Greaves, the Estelle B. Goldman Assistant Curator of Academic Programs at the University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery, leads a kindergarten class in a discussion of color, shape, and dimension as part of an arts integration curriculum designed by Greaves and Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19 kindergarten teacher Anna Nicpon. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Arts integration in the classroom: Can it deepen students’ understanding?

A partnership between City of Rochester schools and the Memorial Art Gallery leads to innovation in arts education and furthers the museum’s mission to serve the Greater Rochester community.

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