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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, was the keynote speaker at the 2018 Annual Diversity Conference on Friday, April 13.



News and announcements

URMC Recognizes 3 with Satcher Community Health Awards

Three individuals will be honored April 25 with the ninth annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards, presented by the Center for Community Health & Prevention at URMC. The noon event in the Helen Wood Hall auditorium (1W304) will feature a special grand rounds delivered by David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D, the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, for whom the awards are named.

‘Cultural humility,’ says Ashley N. Campbell, leads to understanding

Currently, she serves as a University of Rochester higher education administrator and director of diversity programming. Among her multiple responsibilities, she is “a primary developer and facilitator of the university’s Implicit Bias educational trainings.” She describes the training as a “safe space to address racism,” and to cultivate “cultural humility” — an appreciation of others’ perspectives.

LaRon Nelson recalls how Kathy Rideout transformed his life when he was an undergraduate student

Without hesitation, LaRon Nelson, an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, recalls how Kathy Rideout transformed his life when he was an undergraduate student.

Kevin Beckford Is on a Mission to Increase Staff Diversity

Beckford talks about the value of diversity as he begins his new role as the University’s first senior director of staff diversity, equity, and inclusion. “I actually think it’s a work in progress,” he says. “I don’t think you ever achieve a plateau where you can say, ‘We’re there.’”

UR celebrated International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The We’re Better Than That committee celebrated the annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21st. Members of the University community were invited to take a pledge to be an “antiracism warrior” via a digital platform.The names of those who took the pledge were displayed in real time on the giant screen in the Rettner Hall atrium.

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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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