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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

DEAF ROC 2019: Navigating Deaf & Hearing Collaborations in Science- August 8-9, 2019

CTSI and Rochester PostDoc Partnership present: DEAF ROC 2019: Navigating Deaf and Hearing Collaborations in Science from August 8-9, 2019 at the University of Rochester.

This two-day national conference will bring together scientific faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff from DeafHH and hearing backgrounds to network and build stronger collaborations

Staff Council Being Established

The mission of the University’s new Staff Council is to facilitate active and direct communication between University staff and senior administration and to provide a forum for input and discussion of issues important to the staff and the University.

Women’s Leadership Network Launches with a Series of Summer Events!

A series of summer events—including brown-bag lunches, happy hours, and coffee meetups—are scheduled to help launch the new Rochester chapter of the American Council on Education Women’s Network. The group, which aims to facilitate the networking of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education, is open to all faculty and administrative staff who identify as women or non-binary. Email with questions.

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.

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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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