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Diversity at the University

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The purpose of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, founded in fall 2006, is to bring together members of the University Community who are engaged in diversity outreach initiatives.The committee meets monthly to discuss, communicate and create collaborations in ongoing and upcoming initiatives and events that support the goal of enhancing the environment for diversity, inclusion and equity across the University.

As events, occurrences, and incidents occur at the University or Greater Rochester community, state-wide or national level, the committee will serve as a resource for organizing opportunities for advocacy for those members who choose to participate in this way.  At the same time, as in all Diversity and Inclusion Committee efforts, participation in the committee is voluntary and individuals have a choice to participate on the committee or in advocacy (as they feel comfortable and as they feel is appropriate for their role) at the University.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Diversity & Inclusion committee please contact Christine Federation


The Spotlight on Diversity initiative, which began in the spring of 2010 is a regular feature in @Rochester, Student Buzz and the Parents Buzz.

Celebration Posters

Committee members are actively involved in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity’s efforts to produce the Diversity Celebration posters which provide resources and organizational support to annual diversity and inclusion programs of interest to students, faculty and staff. We now organize posters around Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, LGBTQI Awareness Month, Asian Heritage Month and Native American History Month.

Co-Chairs of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Stanley Byrd, Director Organizational Development & Diversity, Human Resources
Maggie Cousin, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development & Diversity

January 19, 2016
Letter to the Commission on Race & Diversity

January 26, 2016
Letter to the students who have demanded change related to race and racism at University of Rochester

January 29, 2016 Letter to students in the Campus Times