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Vision and Values

In March 2018, the Vision and Values Committee—composed of faculty, students, and staff—shared a draft statement that communicates the University’s shared goals and principles, including a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The committee received a great deal of feedback from the University community and drafted a revised statement that was reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees in May.

Ultimately these statements will guide ongoing work to review and revise University policies and procedures. The statements will also anchor and give meaning to education and training around diversity, equity, and inclusion by tying them to commonly held values, and help the University strengthen a culture of respect.


Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better


The University of Rochester will continue to frame and solve the greatest challenges of the future. We are a community in which all who work, teach, create, and provide care are welcome and respected, and where all can pursue and achieve their highest objectives for themselves, their communities, and the world. Steeped in Rochester’s rich history of social justice and entrepreneurial spirit, we will always be an inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and responsive organization at every level.


Meliora: We strive to be ever better, for everyone.
Equity: We commit to diversity, inclusion, and access.
Leadership: We take initiative and share responsibility for exemplifying excellence.
Integrity: We conduct ourselves with honesty, dedication, and fairness.
Openness: We embrace freedom of ideas, inquiry, and expression.
Respect: We value our differences, our environment, and our individual and collective contributions.
Accountability: We are each responsible for making our community ever better, through our actions, our words, and our dealings with others.

We will hold ourselves accountable to these values in the design of our programs, the development and delivery of our services, the evaluation of performance, and in the ways in which we interact as a community.

Committee Members

  • Donna Brink Fox, Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Eastman School of Music
  • Linda Chaudron, Associate Dean for Diversity at the School of Medicine and Dentistry and Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Carin Cole, Assistant Dean for Professional Programs, Simon School of Business
  • Maggie Cousin, Assistant Provost Faculty Development & Diversity
  • Cameka Hazel, Student, Warner School of Education and Human Development
  • Myra Henry, Sr. Director of Administrative Services, River Campus Libraries
  • Maggie Kearney, Vice Provost & University Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Tony Kinslow, Associate Vice President Human Resources, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Vivian Lewis, Vice Provost Faculty Development & Diversity, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynocology
  • Anne Nofziger, Associate Professor in Family Medicine
  • Beth Olivares, Dean for Diversity Initiatives in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, and Director of the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity
  • Rohith Palli, Student, School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Kathy Rideout, Dean School of Nursing
  • Jeff Runner, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences