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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

SBAC hosts National Girlfriends Networking Day

The Susan B. Anthony Center hosts the annual National Girlfriends Networking Day event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, in the Adolph Auditorium (1-7619), Medical Center. The event, which will be streamed live, features a panel of diverse women leaders discussing their career paths. Questions will be taken via Twitter from worldwide participants. Lunch will be provided, and a brief networking session will follow. Registration is required by Friday, May 24.

Ready to Mentor ‘Students like Myself’: Kharimat Alatise

Kharimat Alatise has known since middle school that she would attend college, but she never dreamed of the world awaiting after graduation.

“My parents came to America from Nigeria when my mother was pregnant with me,” the biomedical engineering major says. “No one in my family had ever gone to college, but my parents instilled in me that education would be my key to success.”

Racial Equity: Using Art to Address Social Problems

As part of the ongoing series surrounding Racial Equity, Jonathan Wetherbee and Mitchell Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS will be presenting "Racial Equity: Using Art to Address Social Problems" on Tuesday, April 23 from 12PM-1PM in Helen Wood Hall, room 1w501. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students and lunch will be provided!

Intersectional Crises in an Anti-Aids Organization: The Life and Death of ACT UP/LA

The Susan B Anthony Institute presents a talk with Benita Roth, Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality at Binghamton University on Monday, April 15 at 3:30PM in the Humanities Center.

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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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