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.

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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 leadership organization that seeks to empower, connect, and celebrate the University of Rochester Black Community. This group encourages communication and cooperation between alumni, students, friends, faculty, and staff who are committed to the advancement of people of the African diaspora. The Black Alumni Network fosters a network for personal and professional connection and provides a sense of community and family for alumni of color.

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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.

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Real Conversations

REAL–Rochester’s Equity & Access Leadership–Conversations is a monthly lecture and discussion series that offers authentic discussions featuring brave and candid dialogues around equity, measurable action, and meaningful change. The series is presented by the Office of Alumni Relations and Constituent Engagement in partnership with the University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Diversity Advisory Council.

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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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Education verification: diploma requests

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 view more alumni benefits and resources, visit our comprehensive benefits page.

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Annual Diversity Conference

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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Encompass e-newsletter

In support of the University’s mission and culture of respect, the Office of Equity and Inclusion is pleased to present Encompasss––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.


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Ghislaine Radegonde-Eison ’10W (MS), ’17W (EdD) joined the Alumni Relations and Constituent Engagement team in October 2021 as the Director of Affinity Networks and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Programs. Ghislaine brings 20 years of University of Rochester program management expertise, extensive knowledge, and advocacy work in creating equity, diversity, and inclusion programs featuring notable scholars, along with her experience as a Staff Equity Officers Foundational (SEOF) appointee, a co-founder of the Women of Color Circle, and member of the Black Alumni Network and the Women’s Affinity Network. Ghislaine is trilingual (French & Italian) and as a former adjunct French professor with the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures at the University, she has shared her work on cultural competencies with the University community both formally and informally. When Ghislaine is not working she enjoys serving the community through her volunteer work with Garth Fagan Dance Company and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She values interactions and believes that networking is an important part of building strong relationships.

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