OUR Rochester


We're very excited to share with you OUR Rochester, featuring multicultural news and updates from the University of Rochester, in a more dynamic and engaging format. This brings you the same great content you've come to expect from the e-newsletter edition, but with multimedia capability, social media sharing functionality, and 24/7 access. We look forward to continuing to support the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and are thrilled to have a new forum to help keep you connected with your fellow alumni. Meliora!

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Rochester students to receive Davis Projects for Peace grants

Apr 12, 2019

Four University of Rochester students will lead two projects abroad this summer after receiving grants from Davis Projects for Peace, a national program in which college students design and implement projects that promote peace and intercultural understanding. Junior Beauclaire Mbanya ’20 will host “Togetherness for Peace” in his hometown of…  read more 

'Difference Teaches You Humility': Investiture of Donald Hall

Apr 4, 2019

Donald Hall was formally installed as the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of the Arts, Sciences & Engineering during an investiture ceremony Wednesday, April 3, in the Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. University Trustee Francis Price opened the program, followed by remarks from Provost Rob Clark. Eugene Tobin, senior program…  read more 

Rochester Alumna Pioneer for Sex Education

Mar 28, 2019

‘Your sexuality is yourself, as the total person you are’ What Rachel Carson did for the environment and Margaret Sanger did for birth control, Mary Calderone ’39M (MD) did for sex education, a reporter for People magazine casually observed in 1980. Calderone was a cultural icon in the 1970s and early 1980s. The first…  read more 

April Events for LGBTQIA+ Alumnx

Mar 26, 2019

Stonewall: 50 Years Out  Opening Reception Central Library of Rochester & Monroe CountyAnthony Mascioli Gallery1st floor, Rundel Memorial Building115 South AvenueRochester, NY Friday, April 5, 2019 6 - 9 p.m. Hors'doeuvres and cash bar, music by DJ Solid Bear Exhibit April 5 - July 20, 2019 The Stonewall uprising activated local LGBTQ+…  read more 

Memorial Art Gallery Honors Frederick Douglass

Mar 22, 2019

Lessons of the Hour--Frederick Douglass By Isaac Julien March 3 - May 12, 2019 Lessons of the Hour is a meditation on the life, words, and actions of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), the visionary African American abolitionist and freed slave, and on the issues of social justice that shaped his life’s work. More poem than story, ten video…  read more 

Two Ways to Celebrate Diversity with Rochester

Mar 20, 2019

Celebration of Diversity Reception Monday, April 8, 2019 | 5 - 7 p.m. | May Room, Wilson Commons Following the annual Diversity Conference, join fellow alumni, faculty, and staff to celebrate 10 years of this important University program. Enjoy performances by the University's all-female a cappella group, Vocal Point, and…  read more 

Deafness as an Asset: Nyle DiMarco to Speak at Rochester

Mar 19, 2019

Nyle DiMarco, an influential leader and ambassador for the deaf community, will speak Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons.  Nyle DiMarco won the mirror ball trophy on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and was the last model standing on The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model". Now, Nyle DiMarco is winning over…  read more 

Sylvy Kornberg ’38, ’40M (MS) was best known as the wife of Arthur Kornberg ’41M (MD). But as a biochemist, she made vital contributions to the research for which Arthur won the Nobel. (University photo / University Archives)

Headlines & Happenings: March 2019

Mar 15, 2019

Headlines Catch up on some featured articles that you may have missed! Rochester Women: ‘A very different status and kind of career’ A biochemist, Sylvy Kornberg ’38, ’40M (MS) made vital contributions to the research for which her husband, Arthur Kornberg ’41M (MD), won a Nobel Prize in 1959. As a full-time member of the research staff…  read more 

Honoring Rochester Women on International Women's Day

Mar 8, 2019

‘This vacuum in our education is more than a matter of polite regret’ When members of the University of Rochester faculty were in the early stages of creating an experimental undergraduate program called Non-Western Civilizations, they were already looking to Vera Micheles Dean to lead the initiative. A visiting professor at Smith College and…  read more 

Celebrating Women's History Month 2019

Mar 1, 2019

Throughout Women’s History Month, campus organizations are sponsoring art exhibitions, lectures, films, book readings, and performances to celebrate and remember women’s history. Check the calendar for events throughout the month of March. Originally published on March 1, 2019 on Newscenter.  read more 

Grant Supports Interactive Training to Treat Patients with IDD

Feb 22, 2019

Thanks to a recent grant award, Eastman Institute for Oral Health’s ongoing efforts to improve access to healthcare for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) will be addressed through a new educational initiative. The Working for Inclusive and Transformative Healthcare (WITH) Foundation awarded Dr. Cynthia…  read more 

10th Annual Diversity Conference: 'Finding the Courage to Lead'

Feb 16, 2019

The University’s 10th annual diversity conference, “Finding the Courage to Lead,” on Monday, April 8, features award-winning author, activist, and cultural commentator Samina Ali. Ali’s keynote address weaves her own personal story with a passionate appeal for women’s equality and justice, followed by workshops throughout the day.…  read more 

Symone Sanders: Highlights from the 2019 MLK Address

Feb 12, 2019

On January 23, 2019, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address was delivered by Symone Sanders, a CNN political commentator and National Press Secretary for Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. Prior to the address, Sanders met with students at the Douglass Leadership House for a discussion on her career, activism, and…  read more 

Celebrating Black History Month

Feb 11, 2019

Sponsors and host organizations across the University are planning events to celebrate black history. Check the calendar for events throughout the month of February. Originally posted on February 1, 2019 in Newscenter.  read more 

Introducing Lauren McKenna

Feb 8, 2019

The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to welcome Rochester-native Lauren McKenna as associate director of alumni relations, working with alumni on diversity, inclusion, and identity-based affinity programming. Lauren earned her bachelor’s in sociology from Nazareth College and continued her education at The College at Brockport, where she…  read more 

Meliora Weekend 2018

Oct 19, 2018

University alumni, community members, and friends celebrated the 18th annual Meliora Weekend traditions of reunions, thought-provoking conversations, performances, and family fun. Headlining performers included Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist, speaker, and author; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow; innovative multi-genre…  read more 

The Staggering Cost of Being Black in America

Aug 13, 2018

Armed with the tools of modern finance, engineer and businessman Shawn Rochester ’97 offers an accounting. Interview by Karen McCally ’02 (PhD) The premise isn’t new: engineer and business executive Shawn Rochester ’97, in a recent book, The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America (Good Steward Publishing), shows myriad ways in which…  read more 

University hosting national College Horizons program June 22, 2018

Jul 16, 2018

About 70 Native American high school students will be working with national admissions representatives and counselors on the River Campus this week as part of College Horizons, a college access and success program hosted by the Office of Admissions. Students from South Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Washington and other states will work…  read more 

Alumna Featured on NPR’s Radio Diaries

Jun 18, 2018

Olivia Hooker '62 (PhD) was recently featured on NPR's Radio Diaries. Now 103 years old (and one of our oldest living alumni!), Dr. Hooker became the first African-American woman to join the U.S. Coast Guard in 1945. She went on to earn a doctorate degree in psychology and helped form the Tulsa Race Riot Commission in 1997 to investigate the…  read more 

Rochester’s first Posse Foundation cohort set to graduate

May 21, 2018

Four years after arriving on campus, the “posse” is ready to ride off as graduates of the University of Rochester. Nine students who came to Rochester from Washington, D.C., in 2014 as members of the University’s first Posse Foundation cohort celebrated their impending graduation with a ceremony at Rush Rhees Library on May 12. Richard…  read more