Diversity and Inclusion

Celebrating unique identities is an important part of our work with alumni and friends across the globe. It is our mission to offer exceptional opportunities to create and maintain meaningful connections with one another and with the University of Rochester. Whether it be a film screening, networking events, conversations, or social hours, it is our commitment to provide resources and experiences for you, for whatever you need, wherever you live.

As active participants in various multicultural, diversity, and inclusion-focused initiatives, we work closely with our partners in the Office of Minority Student Affairs, Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, Student Activities, David T. Kearns Center, and with other affiliated groups. Each year, the University of Rochester, in partnership with these offices, presents a report on Diversity & Inclusion. Check out the twelfth annual report published in December 2018.


This electronic news feed shares current diversity and inclusion news from the University of Rochester with alumni and friends.

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LGBTQ Exhibit

October 3, 2020 marks 50 years since the first meeting of the Gay Liberation Front, a student organization that is now widely known as both Pride Network and Out Alliance. In celebration of this historic milestone of LGBTQ history at the University of Rochester, memories and memorabilia are being collected to add to an exhibit titled: From Gay Liberation Front to Pride Network: 50 Years of Memories, which will be on display during Meliora Weekend 2020, October 1–4. Members of the alumni community are invited to share stories, photographs, posters, publications, event programs, and other materials from your days on campus.

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Don’t miss this annual celebration of the best of the University of Rochester. Meet fellow alumni, hear exceptional speakers, enjoy first-class entertainment, and attend special events. Diversity and Inclusion related events are frequent throughout the weekend. Register today for Meliora Weekend 2020: October 1-4!



Each year the University of Rochester’s Diversity Conference brings together the University of Rochester and Greater Rochester communities, highlighting a common theme that guides the focus of conversations for the daylong event. Diversity-related topics may involve, but are not limited to: race/ethnicity, class, gender, culture, sexuality or orientation, disabilities/abilities, religion, or age.

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In support of our transgender and gender-expansive alumnx, the University of Rochester will provide a complimentary, no-cost, reprint of diplomas for members of these communities so that this important symbol of their time at UR, which hangs in offices across the world, represents who each of our graduates are authentically. To take advantage of this service and request a reprint of your diploma, please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations Lauren McKenna at lauren.mckenna@rochester.edu. To view more alumni benefits and resources, visit our comprehensive benefits page.

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For more information on identity-based programs and events, contact Lauren McKenna, associate director of alumni relations at lauren.mckenna@rochester.edu.

Lauren McKenna was named associate director of alumni relations in February 2019. She most recently was the alumni relations coordinator at her alma mater, Nazareth College, and has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, fundraising, and alumni relations. Lauren is personally and professionally dedicated to diversity and inclusive excellence and is thrilled to be part of the University of Rochester family.