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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.


2018 Annual Diversity Conference

Ana Navarro

Keynote Speaker: Ana Navarro

April 13, 2018

Ana Navarro, Republican Strategist and political analyst for CNN and CNN En Español, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Annual Diversity Conference on Friday, April 13.



News and announcements

University Events Mark Black History Month

Sponsors and host organizations across the University are planning events to celebrate black history. This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass. The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies and Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation are joining with other Rochester institutions to honor Douglass’s life and work in his adopted city.

Cultivating a Culture of Respect

In September 2017, the University of Rochester commissioned an Independent Investigation into claims of sexual harassment and retaliation. The final Report from the investigation released in January 2018 outlines a series of recommendations for how the University can improve its policies and create clearer processes for reporting and investigating sexual misconduct.

On this website, you will find the latest updates on the University's commitment to respond to the Report's recommendations and other meaningful steps the University community is taking together to cultivate a culture of respect.

Suffragist Votetilla Volunteers Win Inaugural Community Champion Award

The Susan B. Anthony Center will present its new Community Champion Award to the community volunteers and staff from the Susan B. Anthony House who organized Votetilla, a canal boat trip that celebrated 100 years of women’s suffrage in New York State.

Beth Olivares Takes on Expanded Diversity Role

Beth Olivares, executive director of the David T. Kearns Center, has begun an expanded role as dean for diversity in Arts, Sciences & Engineering, one she hopes will “give a voice to people in the University community who don’t feel their voices are heard.”

Presidential Diversity Award Winners Announced

The 2018 recipients are Jonathan Wetherbee, School of Nursing Center for Employee Wellness, and Molly Murdock, Doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music.

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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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