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2013 Diversity News


October 9, 2013 Film Screening & Community Conversation "July '64"

Meliora Weekend Diversity Events! October 2013

MARCH 2013

Conference to Explore Transgender People's Health Needs (March 1, 2013)

Anthropologist to Receive Frederick Douglass Medal

Human Library Showcases the Diversity of the University

Dr. Tana Grady-Weliky Remembered by Medical Community

February 2013

Sue Stewart to receive Susan B. Anthony Award   (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle © 01/31/2013)
Stewart eventually became managing partner of the firm — now called Nixon Peabody LLP — and went on to become the University of Rochester’s top lawyer, while remaining active on the boards of various community groups. “She is a pioneer in the legal field for advancing women. And I can’t imagine how lucky a board of directors would be to have someone of her experience and intelligence,” said Catherine Cerulli, director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at UR.

Anthropologist to Receive Frederick Douglass Medal
Anthropologist Yolanda Moses, a former president of the City College of New York and a leading scholar on the origins of social inequality, will receive the University's Frederick Douglass Medal during a ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the Hawkins-Carlson Room. A founder of the traveling exhibition "RACE: Are We So Different?," currently at the the Rochester Museum & Science Center, Moses will also present the lecture "Social Justice and its Challenges." A panel discussion will follow.

InspireDANCE Features Hip-Hop Dance Troupe
The third annual inspireDance Festival, organized through the Program of Dance and Movement, will run from Thursday, Feb. 14, through Tuesday, Feb. 19. The highlight of this year's festival is the performance and workshops taught by Hip-Hop dance troupe Illstyle & Peace Productions. See the full schedule. Festival Class Passes are $18, which allow participants to attend any of the classes, workshops, and performances, are available at the Common Market in Wilson Commons. After Feb. 14, passes are $25 and will be sold at the door. For questions about tickets and registration, call 273-5150 or 201-1002 or email or


January 2013

Human Library Showcases the Diversity of the University
As part of an international effort to promote diversity and social acceptance through dialogue, the University will host a Human Library—an event aimed at connecting individuals who might not normally interact. The program gives “readers” an opportunity to borrow and engage in conversation with “human books,” volunteers willing to share their life experiences and interests in one-on-one or small-group conversations.  Readers “check out” human books for 30 minutes and are able to ask questions and learn about their lives.

2013 Recipients

Diversity Award Recipients Inspire Success in Students
The Teen Health and Success Partnership (THSP) and Lynne Maquat, the J. Lowell Orbison Chair and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and at the University of Rochester Medical Center, were honored as the 2013 Presidential Diversity Award recipients. They were publicly recognized during the University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address, held the evening of Thursday, Jan. 17.

Both awardees were chosen for their commitment to helping underrepresented minority students achieve their academic goals. Led by Suzanne Piotrowski, THSP develops employment opportunities at the University for urban teens who are at risk of dropping out of high school. Maquat was honored for her work with the University of Rochester Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) initiative, which provides outreach and mentoring for women scientists and scientists-in-training.

"Diversity is a core value of the University," said University President Joel Seligman. "I am delighted to recognize two outstanding teams who have been remarkably successful in supporting students at critical points along the educational pipeline."

January is Mentor Month

Melissa Harris Perry Poster

Dr. Tana Grady-Weliky Remembered by Medical Community

Melissa Harris-Perry to Deliver MLK Commemorative Address
Melissa Harris-Perry, noted scholar and host of her own MSNBC current affairs program, will deliver the University of Rochester's 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. A celebration of King's life and the kick-off for Black History Month, the annual address is sponsored by the College Diversity Roundtable and the Office of the President.

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