This panel representing all the schools at the University of Rochester, offered concrete examples of how they infuse LGBTQ (the commonly used acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) research and curriculum into their classrooms and their teaching practice, from undergraduate programs through doctoral studies programs. Small group discussion with time for questions followed the panel presentation.
A2: Language in Action: How Conversation Leads to Institutional Change at the Eastman School of Music
This workshop outlined the Eastman Diversity Committee's evolving conversation, including the challenges and insights, in defining diversity for our musical institution. In the musical context, who is underrepresented? This workshop traced Eastman's conversation, leading to the Dean's proposal of a revised mission statement to include diversity as a core mission.
A3:Responding to Power Inequities in the Workplace: A Process Development Case Study
Using an adapted health care quality improvement model, participants processed a case study of an adverse organizational event involving power inequities and ineffective management that can result in harmful, dissatisfying outcomes for employees. Participants were invited to develop recommendations for improving work climates and evaluate the model’s potential utility.
This workshop presented a framework to consider multiple aspects of diversity, and explore the dynamics of learning and contributing in diverse communities. Participants left this interactive workshop with an enhanced ability to understand and enact inclusive practices.
This session explored the experiences of international graduate students on campus. We highlighted various challenges and discussed how University divisions approach such issues, which strategies are successful, and where further development could be helpful. Opportunities were available to discuss programs and brainstorm future initiatives.