Promote equity + access

Together for Rochester

We must do more than listen to those who have been underserved for far too long. It’s time for action.

Recruiting a diverse faculty is a priority. Faculty fellows, visiting scholars, and cluster hires can create a more supportive academic environment. We need the resources to meet this objective. We also hope to increase financial aid to recruit and support a more diverse and inclusive student body. 

Monique Mendes ’18M (MS), ’20M (PhD)

Blazing new trails for Black women in science

Monique Mendes ’18M (MS), ’20M (PhD) moved from Kingston, Jamaica to South Florida, when she was a teenager. Her parents hoped she would live the American dream. And, because of her hard work, determination, and passion for science, she has.

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For more information about how you can make a difference in the University’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work, please contact Karen Chance Mercurius, Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations and Constituent Engagement, at

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