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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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 

Meet the student leaders behind 'We're Better Than That'

Mar 17, 2017

The University's anti-racism committee was formed in the fall of 2015, and adopted the name "We’re Better Than That" (WBBT) last winter. The committee meets biweekly during the academic year and is co-chaired by Beth Olivares, dean for diversity initiatives, and Norman Burnett, director of  the Office of Minority Student Affairs. The…  read more 

Three presidents

Feb 16, 2017

She heard a speech in the library as a freshman and was hooked. He had been an outspoken leader in his church since the age of 10. She came from one home in the city of Rochester and then found another on campus. Together, Caryl English '18, Delvin Moody '18, and Charlisa Goodlet '17 have followed different paths that have led them to leadership…  read more 

Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center Dedication

Oct 10, 2016

Remarks from the dedication ceremony for the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, held on September 30, 2016. Additional Links Diversity at the University College Diversity Roundtable Office of Minority Student Affairs Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center David T. Kearns Center…  read more