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Diversity at the University

Presidential Diversity Award

awardThe University of Rochester Diversity Awards recognize the accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, units, departments, or other functional teams of the University or graduates of the University that contribute to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership. Recipients should demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives.

Award Details &
Nomination Process

Nominations open in October.
Nominations close mid-November.

Nominations are open to faculty, staff, students, alumni, units, departments, or other functional teams of the University

Recipients are announced in January

Award Recipients


-Gina Cuyler, Co-Founder of the Black Physicians Network of Greater Rochester
-Debora McDell-Hernandez, Curator of Engagement at the Memorial Art Gallery


-Janice Holland, Senior HR Representative and Diversity Specialist/Facilitator and Community Liaison
-One Community Program, Arts, Sciences, & Engineering
-Kathy Rideout, Dean and Professor of Clinical Nursing


-Kristin Hocker, Organizational Development Specialist
-Eastman Pathways Program


-John Cullen, Research Associate Professor of Surgery
-Office of Minority Student Affairs


-Lynne Maquat, Director of the Center for RNA Biology, School of Medicine & Dentistry
-UR Teen Health & Success Program, Center for Community Health


-John Fetter, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Eastman School of Music
-Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity (CACHED), School of Medicine & Dentistry


-The Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine & Dentistry
-UR Genocide Intervention, Undergraduate Student Organization


-David T. Kearns Center, Arts, Sciences & Engineering
-Latino Professional Alliance, University-wide Affinity Group
-Dr. John Hansen, Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, School of Medicine & Dentistry