University of Rochester

Diversity at the University

Diversity at the University

2011 Annual Diversity Conference

 Why Diversity?

April 29, 2011 9am-6pm

Diversity's Promise for Higher EducationKeynote Speaker: Daryl G. Smith, Professor of Education and Psychology at The Claremont Graduate University.

Author of "Diversity's Promise for Higher Education: Making it Work"

Click here for a brief bio of Dr. Smith

Workshop Sessions 10:30-11:30
Six concurrent morning sessions

College Diversity Roundtable: Past, Present, and Future
Facilitators: Beth Olivares and Norm Burnett

Realizing Organizational Change Through a “UR Valued” Approach
Facilitator:  Samantha Singhal, Assistant Director, University Information Technology
Description: This presentation describes how University IT’s diversity and inclusion program – UR Valued – creates a welcoming environment that celebrates diversity in the broadest sense.  This inclusive culture is realized through organizational efforts that further professional development, improve communications, promote staff leadership, serve the community, leverage employee passions, and build team spirit.

Alumni and Student Panel- Then and Now
Facilitator- Kevin Wesley, Executive Director of Alumni Relations

What Kind of Community Do We Wish to Be?
Facilitators:  Stanley Byrd, HR Manager-Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion, and Kathy Sweetland, University Intercessor, Co-chairs of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Description:  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to engage in a brief dialogue program focused on discussing ways to enhance the climate for diversity and inclusion.  Join us to share your thoughts on how we can transform the University community and support the many existing programs focused on this effort. 

Making the Grade: Graduate reflection about Diversity
Speakers/facilitators: Elizabeth Daniele, Janai Hawkins, Joseph Irizarry, Steven Kessler and Debora Owens
Description: Making the Grade is featuring a panel of graduate students representing 3-4 schools from the University, that will be using Daryl Smith's framework to reflect upon the 4 dimensions of diversity in their respective schools.  After the panel reflection, the workshop participants will have an opportunity to join one of four groups, representing the 4 dimensions of the framework, to discuss in further detail and brainstorm opportunities.

The People You Never Forget: the Impact of Support Staff on the Overall Life Experiences of Students
Facilitator: Judy Clay, Facilities and Services Staff Development Coordinator
Description: Educating students outside the classroom is part of every University's mission. Administration and faculty know that relationships that develop before and after class enhance a student's overall life experiences and contribute to their growth. Many life-long relationships often develop 'under the radar' with no official declaration/workshops/seminars and in-services. The people who prepare the meals, clean the residential halls, classrooms, deliver the mail and repair the leaky faucet make an impact too. These are the people you never forget. Their influence on a student's development is critical; especially when service providers are diversified. We help students shed the cocoon of their comfort zone by being role models, mentors, and "parents".


Workshop Sessions 12:00-2:00
Six concurrent sessions

Diversity in Graduate Education: Challenges and Opportunities
Presenters/facilitators: Wendi Heinzelman, Dean of Graduate Studies, Beth Olivares, Associate Dean for Diversity Initiatives, Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, Director of Graduate Programs, Kearns Center, Donald Mitchell, Graduate Recruitment and Retention Specialist, Kearns Center

Women in Business
Facilitator: Rajiv Dewan, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research; Chairman, Ph.D. Program

Identifying and Preventing Microaggressions
Facilitators – Nancy Ares, Dena Swanson
Description: We will explore how microaggressions operate in classrooms and on campus in an effort to move to more a inclusive University. Microaggressions are commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward members of non-dominant groups. Their power lies in their invisibility to the perpetrator and seemingly plausible explanations for the offending action.  Yet, the exchange often leaves recipients feeling undermined or demoralized. Their effects are cumulative and corrosive.

Accelerated Program for Non-Nurses:  Diversity and Inclusiveness in Action
Facilitator: Kathy Rideout, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Description: This session will explore the issues of diversity in learning styles/needs and the increased need for accommodations for student learning.  Ways to provide academic and clinical support to meet these diverse learning needs will be discussed.

Why is our Diversity Important to Improving the Health of our Community?
Facilitators: Nancy M. Bennett, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Community Health, Kathy Lewis, Director of Community Health Policy, Community Partner, Member of the Community Advisory Council, URMC
Description: Brief presentation of local health disparities and the key health challenges facing our community followed by group discussion of the impact of diversity at the University on our capacity to address these health concerns. 

Eastman Session 1
Facilitators: Katherine Ciesinski and Ellen Koskoff


Workshop Sessions 2:15-3:45
Six concurrent sessions

Supporting International Students

Underrepresented Minorities in Business
Facilitators: Francis Price, Trustee and Rajiv Dewan, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research; Chairman, Ph.D. Program

No Need for Redeemers:  Conducting Scholarly, Asset-Based Community Research
Facilitators – Nancy Ares and Dena Swanson
Description: This session includes a discussion on the ways that research around diversity and inclusion is made integral to scholarship and lives in academia, rather than being a service or a sideline. Relations among university researchers and community members will also be addressed. The discussion will be followed by poster presentations highlighting research at Warner in which diversity and inclusion are integral to the scholarship produced by faculty. A final discussion will address issues of promotion and tenure regarding the value (or devaluing) of such research.

Looking Toward the Future of Nursing: Addressing the Needs of a Changing Society
Facilitator: Kathy Parker, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing
Description: This session will explore the changing health care needs of an increasingly diverse society and the responsibility that the nursing profession has to optimally anticipate, respond to, and evaluate outcomes.
Promoting Medical School Diversity from Within and Through the Pipeline     
Facilitators: John Hanson and Adrienne Morgan

Eastman Session 2
Facilitators: Doug Lowry


4:00-5:00 Formal Remarks and Discussion

5:00-6:00 Celebration and Networking