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Diversity at the University


Upcoming Events

Watch for activities and programs during the month of February: Black, African American History Month.

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Sankofa, formerly the African American Network at the University of Rochester, is a voluntary networking association made up of people affiliated with the University of Rochester who share a common interest in making positive impacts in individual lives, embracing diversity, building relationships, strengthening our communities and enhancing the quality of life for ALL at the University of Rochester and its affiliates.  Our motto is “Reach back and bring someone else along” which mirrors the energy and essence of Sankofa.

Our principle mission is to inform, involve and inspire like-minded individuals who desire to work in an environment that embraces diversity, individuality and creativity throughout the University. Because the University’s culture is rich and diverse with many subcultures within, fostering and maintaining productive and collaborative relationships is crucial to our success. Sankofa represents an employee resource group that includes those who identify as Black or of African Heritage (from the countries of African), people of color, Caribbean Islands (British West and French East), Indigenous, mixed race/ethnicity, and all others for which the rich, diverse culture and heritage resonates.

For more information visit About Us


Executive Champion

David Lewis


Debora McDell-Hernandez
Terrell Robinson

Executive Board

Fatima Banister, Secretary
Denise Harris, Professional Development Chair
Gianni Harris, Treasurer


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