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Diversity and Inclusion

Our commitment to creating an inclusive community

The University of Rochester envisions itself as a community that welcomes, encourages, and supports individuals who desire to contribute to and benefit from the institution’s missions of teaching, research, patient care, performance, and community service. In a pluralistic culture, that community includes faculty, students, and staff who represent important differences.

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Diversity and Inclusion: Schools and Centers

Each of the University’s schools and colleges have offices devoted to diversity initiatives at the school level.


UR Stars Doctoral Career Advancement Program


The UR Stars Doctoral Career Advancement program is an opportunity to enhance the faculty recruitment pipeline and establish meaningful connections with early career scholars. Fall 2018 scholars from the continental US will be able to engage with faculty and envision their academic future at the University of Rochester Medical Center.



News and announcements

Diversity Learning Series: Harassment and Discrimination Module Launching

In keeping with the University’s commitment to cultivating a welcoming and inclusive community, the Diversity Learning Series will launch its second module on harassment and discrimination prevention next week. It builds on the implicit bias training launched in August. Faculty and supervisors will be assigned a two-hour version of the training, Harassment and Discrimination Prevention for Managers/Supervisors, to better equip them with the skills to help us create an environment free of harassment and discrimination and to respond to potential issues. All other employees will be assigned a one-hour version of the training, Harassment and Discrimination Prevention. All training must be completed in MyPath no later than December 31, 2018, to be included in the 2019 annual salary and wage program. Watch your inbox next week for an email from Tony Kinslow with further instructions.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Speak on the River Campus

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a basketball icon, activist, author, actor, and ambassador, will speak on November 5. His talk, “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black & White,” is the first in a series called Dean’s Initiative: Difficult Conversations as a Catalyst for Change, presented by Donald Hall, the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

Graduate Students from Around the Globe Find Niche at Rochester

There are nearly 1,400 master’s and doctoral students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering whose studies range from philosophy to physics. About half are international students who come from 67 nations, including Nik Chatzikonstanti, above, a fourth-year PhD student in mathematics from Rhodes, Greece.

Telling ‘Sekuru’s Stories’ through Music, Digital Scholarship

Jennifer Kyker, an associate professor of music in the School of Arts & Sciences and an associate professor of ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music, has embarked on a multimedia project focused on the musical life of Sekuru Tute Chigamba, a renowned performer of the Zimbabwean mbira dzavadzimu.

Kristin Doughty Appointed Director of Susan B. Anthony Institute

Kristin Doughty, an associate professor of anthropology, has been named director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She began her new role on July 1, succeeding Nora Rubel, who led the institute for four years.

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Programs and Initiatives

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Racism and Hate Speech: ‘We’re better than THAT’

The “We’re better than THAT” campaign educates students, faculty and staff on ways to approach difficult conversations on divisive topics and to stop hate speech and racism in our community.

Safe Space Training

The Safe Space program addresses ways to reduce homophobia and heterosexism to make our institution a safer and freer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

BUILD Xavier

BUILD Xavier (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) is a part of a larger initiative by the National Institutes of Health: Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-funded workforce. Xavier University of Louisiana has developed a program called Project PATHWAYS, which includes several components targeting students, faculty, and several non-academic centers on Xavier’s campus. The University of Rochester is one of the partnering institutions with Xavier University. This program encourages diversity in the scientific research workforce.

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