OUR Rochester

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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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19th Amendment Committee Celebrates Impact of Rochester Women

Sep 23, 2019

The University is pleased to announce the formation of the 19th Amendment Collaborative, a committee focused on marking the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and celebrating the impact of Rochester women, beginning in January 2020 and continuing through Meliora Weekend 2021. With a mindful eye on issues of…  read more 


Meet Karen Chance Mercurius

Sep 12, 2019

Karen Chance Mercurius:Connecting the Community Rochester’s new head of Alumni Relations and Constituent Engagement wants to strengthen connections, opportunities, and networks. Defining moments happened early in the life of Karen Chance Mercurius. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York, the child of parents who immigrated to the US from Grenada in…  read more 


Be a part of the Rochester Black Alumni Network!

Sep 9, 2019

Join the Office of Alumni Relations and Constituent Engagement to celebrate and learn more about the emerging Black Alumni Network. Over dinner, discuss the progress of the University’s diversity initiatives and how you can be part of the Black Alumni Network nationally and in the Rochester region. Dinner hosted by Francis Clement…  read more 


AS&E Discussions on Topical Challenges Lecture: Reginald Dwayne Betts

Sep 5, 2019

Poet and memoirist Reginald Dwayne Betts will present “The Problem with Violence: the Inherent Contradictions in Criminal Justice Reform” at the Arts, Sciences, & Engineering Deans’ Conversation on Topical Challenges. The event takes place on Wednesday, September 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel, River Campus.…  read more 


From left, Roman Sobolewski, Laurel Carney, Mark Buckley, Maya Abtahian, and Douglas Kelley are the inaugural recipients of the David T. Kearns Faculty Mentoring and Teaching awards. (University of Rochester photos)

Headlines & Happenings: September 2019

Sep 3, 2019

Headlines Catch up on some featured articles that you may have missed last month! These Mentors Make a Difference for First-Generation, Minority Students Five University faculty mentors are the inaugural recipients of a new mentorship award from the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity: Roman Sobolewski, a professor of electrical and…  read more 


Aleta Anthony Named Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Research Education Support at SMD

Aug 21, 2019

The Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) at the School of Medicine and Dentistry has announced the appointment of Aleta Anthony to the role of Director of Equity, Inclusion and Research Education Support.  The directorship is a newly-created position aligning with the University of Rochester and the Medical…  read more 


UR Nursing Faculty Take Lead in Launching Rochester Black Nurses Association

Aug 8, 2019

Faculty from the University of Rochester School of Nursing played an instrumental role in organizing a Rochester chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). The NBNA, open to nurses and nursing students at all levels, launched in 1971 and now has more than 90 chapters representing over 150,000 nurses across the U.S., Caribbean, and…  read more 


Gateways Music Festival Opens Today

Aug 6, 2019

The Gateways Music Festival, in association with the Eastman School of Music, begins today and runs through August 11. View the full lineup and ticket information.  read more 


Jilly Fontan, a sophomore at East High, and the other participants learned about the Seneca people’s ideas on equality, women’s rights, democratic government, and ecology. The visit contributed to the students’ understanding of how conceptions of civic life are formed. (University of Rochester photo / Zack Shephard)

Headlines and Happenings: August 2019

Aug 1, 2019

Headlines Catch up on some featured articles that you may have missed last month! Medical Center Trains Providers and Staff on Dealing with Racism, Bias, and Harassment Medical Center providers and staff will be better prepared when dealing with racism, sexual or gender harassment, and bias as a result of a new interactive training project with…  read more 


ROC UR PRIDE: U of R at Rochester Pride Parade

Jul 22, 2019

On July 20, 2019, University of Rochester was one of 150 local groups to walk in the Rochester Pride Parade. Record numbers for participation were achieved. Over 300 University constituents - students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends - signed up to sport their ROC UR PRIDE Meliorainbow shirts.  read more 


Headlines and Happenings: July 2019

Jul 1, 2019

Headlines Catch up on some featured articles that you may have missed last month! East High School student credits partnership with U of R for helping him graduate Originally published by Andrew Banas, 13 WHAM News on June 26, 2019. Race Could Be a Determinant in Physician-Patient Interactions and Pain Treatment in Cancer “We know that…  read more 


East High School student credits partnership with U of R for helping him graduate

Jun 27, 2019

VIEW VIDEO ROCHESTER, NY (WHAM) -- Graduation now less than 24 hours away for Maurice Coney, III. “This is exciting. Can’t believe this," he says. Opening his cap and gown makes it feel real. “Can’t believe this," he says. "Four years, I’ve been waiting for this moment.” The senior at East High School will receive his high school…  read more 


Gateways Music Festival 2019

Jun 19, 2019

The six-day Gateways Music Festival, held in Rochester, NY, is a collaboration with the Eastman School of Music, houses of worship and the local community.  The Festival celebrates the participation and contributions of classically-trained musicians of African descent through more than 50 solo, chamber and orchestra performances in the Eastman…  read more 


Celebrating Stonewall's 50th Anniversary in NYC

Jun 4, 2019

On June 2, 2019, Rochester alumnx met from different regions in New York City for a brunch and panel discussion, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. In this discussion, panelists covered the history of the University of Rochester with the LGBTQ community, as well as the current the climate, resources, and…  read more 


Mercedes Ramírez Fernández. (Virginia Tech photo)

Headlines and Happenings: June 2019

Jun 1, 2019

Headlines Catch up on some featured articles that you may have missed last month! University Appoints First Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Mercedes Ramírez Fernández, associate vice provost for strategic affairs and diversity at Virginia Tech, will join the University on July 1 as Rochester’s first vice president for…  read more 


University Appoints First Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

May 28, 2019

Mercedes Ramírez Fernández, associate vice provost for strategic affairs and diversity at Virginia Tech, will join the University on July 1 as Rochester’s first vice president for equity and inclusion.  University President Richard Feldman announced Fernández’s appointment, which follows a national search that…  read more 


Celebrating Pride Month in NYC

May 21, 2019

You’re invited to join members of the LGBTQ community, allies, and fellow alumni to recognize and celebrate LGBTQ identities as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan.Over brunch, a distinguished panel of faculty, staff, and alumni will lead a meaningful conversation filled with reflection on the…  read more 


Gift Honors Paul Burgett’s Legacy

May 15, 2019

Anonymous Gift Establishes Eastman School of Music’s First-Ever Distinguished Professorship A recent gift from two University of Rochester alumni establishes the Paul J. Burgett Distinguished Professorship at the Eastman School of Music. This endowed fund honors the legacy of Paul Burgett ’68E, ’72E (MA), ’76E (PhD), one of the…  read more 


Ready to Mentor 'Students like Myself'

May 3, 2019

Kharimat Alatise has known since middle school that she would attend college, but she never dreamed of the world awaiting after graduation. “My parents came to America from Nigeria when my mother was pregnant with me,” the biomedical engineering major says. “No one in my family had ever gone to college, but my parents instilled in…  read more 


Higher education is often thought of as the place where students expand their minds and prepare themselves for their lives and careers. That often means freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech. For some, the tenets of the First Amendment are sacrosanct. Others consider free speech at its strongest when we protect more marginalized and vulnerable voices. Dean of students Matt Burns and political science professor David Primo shed light on this growing debate. (Getty Images photo)

Headlines & Happenings: May 2019

May 1, 2019

Headlines Catch up on some featured articles that you may have missed last month! Free speech and trigger warnings Matthew Burns, dean of students in the College, and David Primo, the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and an associate professor of political science and business administration, discuss the First Amendment and its role in higher…  read more