The Eastman School of Music and the Gateways Music Festival, which have partnered since 1995, have announced a new alliance that strengthens the organizations’ efforts to promote and increase diversity in the field of classical music.
This year’s annual diversity conference on Friday, April 8, comes on the heels of an academic year that has included numerous discussions of race and diversity at Rochester—part of an initiative to address those issues at the University.
The recipients of the 2016 Presidential Diversity Award are Janice Holland, senior HR representative, diversity specialist/facilitator, and community liaison; the One Community program; and Kathy Rideout, dean of the School of Nursing.
Walter Cooper ’56 greets violist and ROCmusic director Alexander Peña, who performed at the 2016 University of Rochester Diversity Awards reception at Witmer House on January 20. The Diversity Awards recognize the accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, grads, units, or departments of the University that contribute to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)
The venues range from Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre to private homes. “We are always talking about Rochester having these very secret wonders that happen,” says Barbara Jones.
Simon has a lower profile than the Ivy League behemoth (Yale), but it boasts something unusual among American MBA programs: a large cohort of black students.
The Eastman Pathways Program and Kristin Hocker, an organizational development specialist with Human Resources, were honored as the University’s 2015 Presidential Diversity Award recipients.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad will deliver the University’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. Muhammad is author of Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America, in which he explored the roots of the popular conception of black criminality in America.
The University has appointed Jessica Guzmán-Rea as the director of its Intercultural Center (ICC). In this role, Guzmán-Rea will promote collaborative programming and initiatives that are welcoming to students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
The University of Rochester is listed 28th on the New York Times’ “The Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges” list. Editors then created the College Access Index, a methodology “based on the share of freshmen in recent years who came from low-income families (measured by the share receiving a Pell grant) and on the net price of attendance for low- and middle-income families.”