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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

Colleen Raimond brings passion for LGBTQ issues to the University

As a trademark attorney at a Rochester law firm, Colleen Raimond frequently undertook pro bono work to assist members of the transgender (trans) community in obtaining legal name changes so that they could update their federal entries at the Social Security Office and the US Passport Office. Now she is the University’s first LGBTQ coordinator, which she calls her dream job: “I get excited every day waking up and doing this,” says Raimond. “I get excited about putting together workshops. I get excited about working with the students.”

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‘Vision and Values’ conveys shared principles

The new statement anchors education and training around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

President Feldman Responds to Commission Report

President Richard Feldman has released a response to the preliminary report issued in May by the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia: “We are making progress, but there is still important work we must do together.”

Restorative practices training sessions start in June

In an effort to strengthen a culture of respect, the University is launching an initiative focused on restorative practices, a method of conflict resolution that can be an effective way to rebuild trust when conflict arises.

A personal and professional transition

When Chloe Corcoran ’04 decided to live openly as a trans woman, she vowed that she would return the kindness and support she received by being a voice for the University and giving back to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. In a recent interview, Corcoran talks about her personal journey and her efforts to inspire and inform through her PhD work at the Warner School and in her new role as associate director for identity-based programming in Alumni Relations.

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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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