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Diversity at the University



careerguideCareer Development and Counseling

The Office of Human Resources offers general career counseling to employees on a one-on-one basis. Several Human Resources staff members have been trained to offer this enhanced value-added service. In addition, we have placed a Career Guide on our website as a self-service career reference.

Safe Space

safespacelogo“Safe Space” is a training initiative intended to create a safer and freer environment for all members of the University community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. The goal of the program is to provide training to faculty, staff, and students that will qualify them to display a small “Safe Space” sign in their workspaces. The signs will identify trained allies who are available to answer questions or engage in discussions about LGBT issues. Click here for more information.

SAR LOGOStand Against Racism

The University of Rochester supports the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism. The Stand Against Racism aims to eliminate racism by organizing awareness raising events across communities in April. The Stand Against Racism is a national movement sponsored by the YWCA. The local chapter, YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County, is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Healthcare and Technology Youth Apprenticeship Program

The Office of Human Resources–Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion has collaborated since September 2007 with the Roch­ester City School District to offer the Healthcare and Technology Youth Apprenticeship Program (HTYAP). This two-year apprentice­ship program provides work experiences for underrepresented junior and senior high school students interested in medicine, healthcare, and associated technological professions. Student apprentices rotate through several departments at the Medical Center during their first year and a half in the program. The goal is for each student to be placed in a position in one department at the beginning of the second semester of his or her senior year. Students receive stipends provided by the Office of Human Resources–Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion for the entire two-year program. Click here for more information.

Staff Resources

Affinity Groups

Establishing Diversity Councils Part 1
Establishing Diversity Councils Part 2

Staff Recruitment

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Recruitment Resources
Rochester Neighborhoods







Keishla Torres, who works at Strong as a Patient Care Technician through the Healthcare Technology Youth Apprenticeship Program (HTYAP), was recently honored as “Teen of the Week” by WDKX radio station for her student leadership at School Without Walls as well as juggling work and motherhood responsibilities. Keishla also is a Peer Leader who has facilitated HYTAP workshops for other students on Initiative, Conflict Resolution, and Making an Impact. (September 2015)