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Institutional Office of Equity and Inclusion

The University of Rochester Institutional Office of Equity and Inclusion is dedicated to cultivating an equitable, respectful, and welcoming culture at the University of Rochester. We strive to weave diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the University’s mission to learn, discover, heal, and create.

We celebrate our connections to the Rochester community and affirm that in a pluralistic culture, the definition of community includes individuals who represent every race, creed, color, ability, sexual identity, and gender.

Our work focuses on five institutional priorities

Developing and sustaining an infrastructure to support equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Enhancing the recruitment and retention of our representational diversity of faculty, staff, and students.

Cultivating an inclusive climate, culture, and University Community.

Advancing the University’s mission through an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens.

Community engagement for racial and social justice.

Upcoming events

Higher Conference
Women’s Leadership
Summit
September 22, 2022
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Veterns Day
Veterans Day
November 11, 2022
EDI Leadership Summit
Veterns Day
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
Leadership Summit
April 12-13, 2022
Presidential Stronger As One Diversity Awards
Veterns Day
Presidential Stronger As One Diversity Awards
January 18, 2023
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News and announcements

Message from University leadership: Tragedy in Buffalo

Read the full message to the University of Rochester community from President Sarah Mangelsdorf, and Mercedes Ramírez Fernández, the Richard Feldman Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer.

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Research Equity Fund Program (REFP)

The Institutional Office of Equity and Inclusion is providing short-term and immediate funding to support faculty research through the Research Equity Fund Program (REFP).  During Spring/Summer 2022, the REFP will support full-time University of Rochester faculty for research activities disrupted … Continued

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OEI Call for Faculty Success Program Fellows and Mentors (Deadline extended)

2022 University of Rochester Office of Equity and Inclusion’s NCFDD Faculty Success Program for Fellows and Mentors  Deadline extended:  March 4, 2022 The University of Rochester Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) is pleased to provide research faculty/tenure-line faculty the … Continued

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University of Rochester, Global Celebration Committee.

The University of Rochester Global Celebration Committee is overseeing an initiative to showcase our University’s global diversity. Rochester alumni, faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit creative ideas that would represent Rochester’s global diversity in meaningful, valuable, and inspirational ways.

Submit ideas by October 31 

Insight Into Diversity: Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
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The University of Rochester has received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award—a national honor recognizing US colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—Rochester will be featured, along with the other recipients, in the INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

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Programs and Initiatives

Our office oversees a variety of initiatives and teams to ensure safety, equity, and diversity across the University.

Equity and Inclusion: Schools and Centers

Each of the University’s schools and colleges have offices devoted to diversity initiatives at the school level.

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