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It’s time for the Year of Responsibility

Fri, 10 Aug 2018

The coming academic year has been named the Year of Responsibility as part of the University's The Communal Principles Project. In addition to the concept of responsibility, the Project works to promote principles of fairness, freedom, honesty, inclusion, and respect to the University community.


Happy Pride, Rochester!

Tue, 24 Jul 2018

A large contingent of University of Rochester students, faculty, and staff — more than 250 strong — joined the more than 150 organizations and an estimated 35,000 spectators who participated in the Rochester Pride Parade on Saturday.


Poetry a ‘powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace’

Wed, 21 Mar 2018

The United Nations created World Poetry Day to celebrate poetic expression in the world’s many languages. In honor of the day, University of Rochester students at the Language Center share some favorite poems in the languages in which they were written.


Celebrating five years

Fri, 19 Jan 2018

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center celebrated its fifth anniversary on Friday, January 19. Named after the longtime University dean, vice president and senior advisor to the president, the center is a joint venture of the Office of the Dean of Students and the David T. Kearns Center and is located in Douglass Commons. It promotes cultural awareness and engagement, educates on issues of identity, culture, and diversity, and provides opportunities for collaboration. Nearly 2,000 people visited the center during the 2016-17 academic year. “We are all members of the human race,” Burgett said. “This center celebrates that, and enables us to develop fluency and appreciation for one another.”


Language Center celebrates one-year anniversary

Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Language Center director Teresa Valdez speaks at an event Tuesday celebrating the center's one-year anniversary. Located in Douglass Commons, the center’s mission is to raise intercultural awareness and promote the 18 languages offered on the River Campus. Valdez says enrollment in foreign language classes has increased 22 percent since the center opened last fall.(University of Rochester photo / Jordan Mangefrida)


Burgett Intercultural Center dedicated at refurbished Douglass Building

Fri, 30 Sep 2016

Established in 2013 and named for the vice president and senior advisor to the president, the Burgett Center promotes cultural awareness and engagement, and educates on issues of identity, culture, and diversity.


‘Reinvented Douglass’ new hub of student life

Tue, 27 Sep 2016

The Frederick Douglass Building officially re-opens this week after a complete renovation of the iconic 79,000-square-foot space. “I feel like I’m in a different building,” says Laura Ballou '97, director of the Campus Center.


‘A heart still works, even when it’s broken’

Tue, 15 Mar 2016

Charles Blow, New York Times columnist and CNN commentator, read from his memoir, Fire Shut Up In My Bones, yesterday evening in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library. "This book is about remembering, against all that this world may signal to the contrary, that you are not forever broken," he said. "You are capable of giving and receiving love, and you are deserving of it.


University receives $2.5 million HECap grant for Frederick Douglass Building renovations

Mon, 08 Feb 2016

With over 250 student groups on campus, the reconfigured and more flexible spaces will allow groups to host speakers, programs, and other activities organized for and by students. Work will be done in phases and expected to be complete by August 2016.


Transcending loss, tragedy, self-righteous hatred: An evening with Izzeldin Abuelaish

Thu, 26 Feb 2015

Izzeldin Abuelaish, who is currently an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, is the author of I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity.