Equity, 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.

Encompass E-Newsletter

In support of the University’s mission and culture of respect, the Office of Equity and Inclusion is pleased to present Encompass––an e-newsletter designed to share updates on the latest news, upcoming events, and more. It’s the newest way to get Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion news from around the University. Check out the latest issue or visit the archive for past issues.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Webinar Library

This series of videos celebrates unique identities. It is our mission to offer exceptional opportunities to create and maintain meaningful connections with one another and with the University of Rochester.

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Black Alumni Network

The Black Alumni Network is an inclusive community of University alumni, students, staff, faculty, and friends. Through making meaningful connections, networking opportunities, and resources for personal and professional development, members are empowered, supported, and celebrated. Join the Black Alumni Network on Facebook and The Meliora Collective to receive timely updates, and learn more about getting involved as a volunteer.

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Women's Network

The Women’s Network has a mission to harness and celebrate the rich contributions of women around the globe who are part of the University of Rochester family. Through dynamic programming and engaging conversations, the Network will help members connect and support one another. We invite you to take an even more active role in our community. Together, we can do more, change more, and inspire more.

Join the Women's Network

Diversity Advisory Council

The Diversity Advisory Council is a national volunteer body responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and feedback to the University of Rochester on diversity and inclusion initiatives for its alumni and students. Specifically, the Council Identifies specific areas of opportunity for increased representation and inclusion of diverse alumni and students, serves as a central advisory body for identity-based affinity groups, and assesses and reports on progress of alumni and student diversity and inclusion initiatives.

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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.

Request a reprint

Tell Us About Yourself

Please help us provide you with relevant information related to diversity and inclusion initiatives by updating your information using this form.

Contact Us

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.

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For more information about joining the Women's Network, please contact Caroline Tolbert, associate director, women's initiatives: caroline.tolbert@rochester.edu or (585) 276-5580. If you want to participate and you're not sure if this applies to you, contact us.

Caroline Tolbert leads efforts to design programs and events that celebrate women. Caroline joined the University of Rochester in 2015, and through roles in Alumni Relations and Special Events, has showcased her passion for women’s initiatives. Caroline has served for the last six years on the board of trustees at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, a private school based in Rochester, New York, most recently as Chair of the Board. She is also a member of the Junior League of Rochester, and sits on the nominations committee for the ATHENA Awards, sponsored by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

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