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Future Faculty Initiative: The overall goal of this UR Future Faculty Initiative is to provide doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows interested in a faculty career with valuable information and insights about aspects of a faculty role that are not part of the traditional curriculum, including such issues as teaching, mentoring students, and diversity.  In addition, we seek to provide doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows from different parts of the University with an opportunity to interact on issues of common interest and to get to know each other.  Through the Initiative, we hope to better prepare the next generation of faculty.  Existing workshops include: “The Faculty Role,” “Teaching Innovations,” “Seizing the Opportunity in Diversity,” and “Mentoring.”  The URL for this program is:

University Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies Cluster for Leadership in Education: Supported by the Office of the Provost and the University Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies (UCIS), the Leadership in Education cluster is an ongoing network of faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from across the University.  This group is committed to the idea that prospective faculty should know the research literature about learning before they leave the University of Rochester to begin teaching. The activities of the committee are designed to offer new ideas about how students learn and, simultaneously, to provide a support group for those who are eager to prepare for the teaching components of their careers.

Provost's Fellowship Programs - This program focuses on broadening the diversity of graduate students in our doctoral programs by attracting the most promising students from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in a particular discipline.

Access Rochester: The University of Rochester welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The University employs professional staff committed to assisting students with disabilities in the classroom, residence halls, libraries and elsewhere on campus and has made many modifications to its facilities to enhance access. The University is committed to eliminating physical and architectural barriers as well as to responding to the needs of students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. We encourage students with disabilities to assess their needs realistically, to take advantage of appropriate support, and to be clear and precise about gaining assistance.

Arts, Sciences and Engineering

The Kearns Center: The mission of the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Rochester is to expand the educational pipeline through the doctoral degree for low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented minority students.

The Kearns Center hired a graduate recruiter in 2010 that focuses on recruiting graduate minority students

UR CIRTL Learning Community: The UR CIRTL Learning Community strives to integrate and broaden current future faculty development activities for our graduate students.  Internally, we provide high-engagement workshops, and also Teaching-as-Research and Learning-Through-Diversity opportunities, all of which harness UR expertise to prepare future faculty.  Externally, as part of the CIRTL learning community of 25 institutions, UR graduate students have access to an unprecedented network of institutions and resources to enhance professional development opportunities for those interested in a career in academia.

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS): Provides mentoring for the professional and personal development of all graduate women at the University of Rochester College of Arts and Sciences and Medical Center.  Meetings tap into expertise and experience available at both the Medical Center and College including presentations from outside guest speakers.

The UR-Women In Science and Engineering (WISE): This program works to increase the pool and retention rate of women in undergraduate and graduate STEM fields. The program provides a supportive educational and professional climate for women working closely with groups and organizations to research and develop methods to eliminate social and institutional barriers. WISE creates a network of support that engages students, especially salient for first-generation, low-income students, to ensure their academic success.

Women in Engineering (WiE): WiE is a student group that was founded in November 2010 at the University of Rochester by three graduate students to provide networking and mentoring opportunities for women in engineering. WiE holds monthly brown bag lunches with guests from academia or industry. WiE meetings are open to all, men and women. All faculty and students (graduate and undergraduate) are also welcome. Topics of discussion include career path advice and family and career balance. 

GEM Fellowship: The University of Rochester has been a member of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM), a non-profit organization that provides science and engineering fellowships to minority students pursuing graduate degrees, since 2009. GEM is a consortium of universities and corporations that builds a strong support system for students pursuing advanced degrees. As GEM Fellows, students have access to internship opportunities with corporations including Eastman Kodak, Corning, Bausch & Lomb, and Exxon Mobil, among others. In addition, GEM Fellows receive a stipend while attending graduate school, which is supplemented by member universities. Students who enroll at the University of Rochester will attend tuition-free.

Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity Visiting Dissertation Scholar: The goal of the Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity is to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. The Consortium’s three objectives are to maximize the educational benefits of diversity; to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students; and to enhance opportunities for academic careers to persons underrepresented in the professoriate and persons who have demonstrated a commitment to the elimination of racial disparities in the academy.

In 2010-2011, the University of Rochester will provide one or more dissertation-level fellowships, in order for students to devote substantial attention to the completion of their dissertations and become acquainted with their host department and our campus. 

Graduate Visitation Program: Arts, Sciences and Engineering and the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester will be hosting a two-day graduate school visitation program targeted towards undergraduate students who are low-income, first-generation college, or members of underrepresented minority groups, and who have expressed an interest in graduate training in the fields in which the University of Rochester offers a Ph.D.  Selected participants will have an opportunity to meet with faculty members in their field of interest, network with current graduate students, and learn about the University of Rochester.


School of Medicine and Dentistry

The School of Medicine and Dentistry has a very diverse student body as a result of admission policies and procedures, educational programs and philosophies and institutional culture. The medical school student body is composed of 30% individuals who are economically disadvantaged or racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities, providing a rich source of candidates for this training experience.   

Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA): GEPA is a central source of information and services for graduate students, faculty and administration in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The OGE has oversight of the administration of more than 25 degree programs, of graduate student progress and of the rules and regulations governing graduate education in the School of Medicine and Dentistry

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS): Provides mentoring for the professional and personal development of all graduate women at the University of Rochester College of Arts and Sciences and Medical Center.  Meetings tap into expertise and experience available at both the Medical Center and College including presentations from outside guest speakers.

Student Support Services:

Recruitment: Several offices in the University have dedicated staff and travel budgets to attend national meetings and visit minority-serving institutions for recruitment of underrepresented minorities.  The Vice-Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, Dr Lewis, partners with some of these programs to provide logistical support helping to insure that materials from the CTSI will be included where appropriate.   For example, the Office for Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, headed by Dr. Edith Lord, sends representatives to the Annual Biomedical Research Careers for Minority Scientists and Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science meetings.  Staff from the URSMD admissions office attend minority recruitment fairs at Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and they visit several institutions with large minority populations. Institutions visited by our faculty within the past 5 years include Chaminade University (Hawaii), Hunter College, Florida International University, Morgan State University, Oklahoma State University, NE Oklahoma College, and Universidad Metropolitana (Puerto Rico).

NCDHR: The National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) is one of 33 prevention research centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program. The PRC program is a network of academic researchers, public health agencies, and community members that conducts applied research in disease prevention and control.The NCDHR partners with deaf and hard-of-hearing communities to promote health. The Center does not investigate prevention of hearing loss. Rather, it is concerned with finding ways to help deaf and hard-of-hearing communities eliminate health problems, such as heart disease, obesity, depression and other chronic health concerns.

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing (SON) PhD program enrolls 32% minority and 14% male, demonstrating a climate that welcomes diversity and supports students with diverse goals and learning needs. About 10% of the overall School of Nursing student body is from underrepresented groups, placing us far above the local minority representation in nursing of 3.8%.   

“New Careers in Nursing”: With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, this program supports adult students from underrepresented minorities or those with disadvantaged backgrounds.  The long range goal is that these students will help increase the diversity in the nursing workforce.

Simon School of Business

Simon has the most internationally diverse full-time MBA program among top tier business schools.  Average enrollment of the top 30 MBA programs has grown from 16% international students in 1990 to over 33% today.  Our MBA enrollment is >50% international, well above the average for the top business schools.  We have the most internationally diverse full-time MBA program of all business schools in the top 50, in terms of percentage of the student body that hails from outside the United States.  Over our history, we have drawn students from more than 130 different countries.

In June 2009 Simon joined Management Leadership for Tomorrow, an organization that develops African American, Hispanic American, and Native American young adults for leadership positions in corporations, non-profits, and entrepreneurial ventures.  We have an ongoing relationship with the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, whose mission is to increase the representation of underrepresented minorities in full-time MBA programs, as well as within the ranks of management.

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Updated: September 25, 2012