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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.

Sasha Eloi-Evans ’05, ’17W (EdD), academic programming coordinator for the Office of Minority Student Affairs and a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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‘Inclusive habits of the mind and heart’: Diversity, justice, and higher education

Sasha Eloi-Evans ’05, ’17W (EdD) is an academic programming coordinator for the Office of Minority Students Affairs and a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics. In this essay, she reflects on diversity in higher education in the nearly 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.

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Summer Spotlight

Summer program gives African students bridge to college

More than 30 students from sub-Saharan Africa are River Campus this summer as part of the Early Connection Africa program, preparing for college life and taking classes in math, economics, writing, and politics.

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We're Better Than That

Educating the University community on ways to approach divisive topics and to stop hate speech and racism at Rochester.

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