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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John Barker named to new leadership position in Arts, Sciences & Engineering

Mar 20, 2018

John Barker ‘09W (PhD) says his goals for higher education have always included three tenets: “access, equity, and social justice for all.” As of March 1, he is fulfilling those missions at Rochester in the newly created role as senior associate dean of the faculty for Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Barker, who most recently was dean of…  read more 

Thinking about ‘visual privilege’ and the 2018 Oscars

Mar 8, 2018

When the Academy Awards offered a second straight year of all-white nominees in 2016, Twitter users seized the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag to highlight the narrowness of the honors being distributed. It was a move that contributed to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ recent efforts to overhaul its voting membership. Sharon Willis, a…  read more 

‘Inclusive habits of the mind and heart’: Diversity, justice, and higher education

Feb 26, 2018

Sasha Eloi-Evans ’05, ’17W (EdD) is an academic programming coordinator for the Office of Minority Students Affairs and a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics. She’s also a student advisor for the Douglass Leadership House, Minority Students Advisory Board, and Women’s Leadership Alliance, and the coordinator of the Women of…  read more 

Black History Month 2018

Feb 5, 2018

Sponsors and host organizations across the University are planning events to celebrate black history. This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass. The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies and Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation are joining with other Rochester…  read more 

Patria Frias-Colon '90 sworn in as Brooklyn’s first elected Dominican judge

Jan 24, 2018

Brooklyn’s judiciary has seen a lot of firsts recently—the first Iranian-born and the first Hasidic judges were sworn in last year. The first Russian-born and Cuban-born judges were already sworn in earlier this year. On Thursday night there was another first—the first ever Dominican-born judge, Patria Frias-Colon, was officially inducted as…  read more 

"Overcoming the Invisible" will be the theme for the 2018 Annual Diversity Conference, April 13

Jan 16, 2018

Ana Navarro, Republican strategist and political analyst for CNN and CNN En Español, as well as a political contributor on ABC’s The View, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Annual Diversity Conference on Friday, April 13. The Miami New Times describes Navarro as a "Republican power-consultant," and the Tampa Bay Times calls her "a…  read more 

University welcoming students from Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Jan 5, 2018

More than a month after Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma made landfall in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, many residents still do not have power or access to clean water. Universities and colleges in these areas have had to temporarily shut down, forcing many students to suspend their degree programs. In response to this, the University…  read more 

NPR host Maria Hinojosa to deliver MLK Commemorative Address

Dec 18, 2017

Maria Hinojosa, host of National Public Radio’s Latino USA and PBS’s America By The Numbers, will deliver the University’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr.  Commemorative Address on Friday, January 19. The four-time Emmy Award winner will speak at 6 p.m. in Strong Auditorium on the River Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Prior to…  read more 

"We each have great capacity to learn, grow, and work together"

Nov 20, 2017

Tiffany Taylor Smith '91 was raised in Dayton, Ohio, and attended high school in the predominately white suburb of Kettering, Ohio. Growing up, her parents encouraged her and her siblings to get involved in whatever they could. From softball to Girl Scouts to school plays, they did it all, and it never mattered that they were usually the only black…  read more 

Mattel CEO, Hajim dean address 'staggering' underrepresentation in computer-related fields

Nov 7, 2017

"It’s imperative that we solve this problem." The leader of the world’s largest toymaker says it’s “unacceptable” that more than half the population is not represented in creating the computer-driven technologies that will fundamentally change the world over the next 20 years. Speaking at the University of Rochester, Mattel CEO Margo…  read more 

University offers gender-inclusive housing option for upper-class students

Sep 6, 2017

The University is making the option of gender-inclusive housing assignments available to sophomores, juniors and seniors in the College. Upper-class students can now choose to live in a double room or double room in a suite with someone of a different gender or gender expression. The new policy is aimed at fostering a residential experience that is…  read more 

A quick look at the Class of 2021

Aug 24, 2017

This week, the members of the College Class of 2021 move into their new homes on the River Campus. The nearly 1,500 students were selected from among more than 18,000 applicants—a record number. A high-achieving group, they claim an average unweighted GPA of 3.8, with more than 90 percent completing full honors, International Baccalaureate…  read more 

Shared Values: The Year of Respect

Aug 21, 2017

Ian Manzi '18 has experienced
 a lot at the University. The data science and economics dual major from Kigali, Rwanda, was awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant with Derrick Murekezi '19 after organizing a young leaders’ summer "peace camp" in Rwanda. Manzi also set up an international book drive to benefit Rwandan children…  read more 

Summer program gives African students bridge to college

Jul 28, 2017

As a boy, Enock Kivuyo would gaze out the window each morning from Moshono Primary School in Tanzania, and watch buses drive children to School of St. Jude a mile down the road. "The place looked so nice,” he says. “I wanted to go there." At 7 years old, Kivuyo walked alone to the charity-funded school, which sponsors the poorest and…  read more 

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Introducing Chloe Corcoran

Jul 11, 2017

The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce Chloe Corcoran '04 as associate director of alumni relations, working with alumni on identity, affinity, and diversity programming. As a University of Rochester student, Chloe earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and history, before taking a position with a local law firm. Her…  read more 

Charlisa Goodlet: An advocate for diversity, community

May 3, 2017

As a Rochester resident, Charlisa Goodlet '17 has been passionate about strengthening ties between University students and the greater Rochester community. In particular, she’s worked to build a closer relationship with the 19th Ward, the racially and economically diverse city neighborhood just across the Genesee from the River Campus. A…  read more 

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Robin Roberts Headlines Meliora Weekend 2017

May 1, 2017

Good Morning Rochester Meliora Weekend 2017 to Feature Emmy, Pulitzer, and Grammy Award Winners Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA), will be the keynote speaker for the University of Rochester’s 17th Meliora Weekend, headlining a weekend that also features a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and a 22-time Grammy…  read more 

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Projects for Peace grant winners to help expand voter turnout in Liberia

Apr 13, 2017

Emmanuel Gweamee '20 was 9 years old when he began having sharp pains in his legs. Soon, it was difficult even to walk. But there was little his parents could do. It was 2003, and their country, Liberia, was recovering from 14 years of civil war. "People thought I had polio," Gweamee says. "But my family was displaced, and we had no means to visit…  read more 

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Gandhi Institute aims to heal hate with new youth program

Apr 10, 2017

The University of Rochester-affiliated Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence has introduced its newest project in response to the recent uptick in hate crimes. Youth Healing Hate: Remedies for Fear and Hostility aims to address core issues in the Rochester community and society at large through youth projects. These projects will use art, technology,…  read more 

Diversity conference speaker Shatki Butler grew up in a black world, and a white one

Mar 29, 2017

Shakti Butler wishes she could avoid thinking about race for one day. So far, it’s been an impossible dream. "I could be at the beach, having a great time, and something will happen that reminds me of race," she says. "A look, a comment. You don't know what someone means, and racial anxiety sets in. Every day, I think about race." Butler, a…  read more