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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.


News and announcements

A Tribute to Frederick Douglass in Word and Song

On December 3, 1847, the first issue of the North Star newspaper was published in the city of Rochester. One hundred and seventy one years later, the city again celebrated abolitionist, activist, author, and orator Frederick Douglass in an evening of words and song at Rochester’s Hochstein Hall. The Prophet of Freedom event, co-sponsored by the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology, featured musical performances, speeches from local leaders and members of Douglass’s family, and a keynote address from noted Douglass biographer David Blight.

Digital Scholars Rescue Lost Japanese Film

A 1929 Japanese silent film inspired by a classic O. Henry short story was long thought lost until Rochester researchers collaborated to bring it back to the big screen.

An Academic Understanding of Hate

Three Rochester faculty members talk about how we understand hate and intolerance.

University Communications recently sat down with Nora Ruble, the Jane and Allen Batkin Professor of Jewish Studies and chair of the Department of Religion and Classics, Thomas Fleischman, assistant professor of history, and Laura Elenbaas, assistant professor of psychology, for an academic conversation about hate and intolerance. Together, they discuss reactions to recent incidents of hate, important lessons from history, and the psychology of stereotypes and intolerance.

One Community Dialogue: What Are You?

Have you encountered any microaggressions based on your ethnic or racial ambiguity?
Join us for a One Community Dialogue to discuss the topic. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

The Burgett Intercultural Center hosts this discussion on racial and ethnic ambiguity at its next One Community Dialogue event at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, December 6, in Douglass Commons, Room 305.

Nominations Due December 5 for Professional Women’s Leadership Awards

Submit nominations by Wednesday, December 5, for the Susan B. Anthony Center’s 2019 professional women’s leadership awards. The Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award honors women who have achieved significant professional stature and influence and have used their experience to help other women advance as leaders.

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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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