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2010 Diversity Conference: Building a Stronger Community

Welcome to our first University-Wide annual diversity conference, Building a Stronger Community. The conference goals are to share information and increase awareness of diversity policies and programs at our University. By having representation from each of the schools and leaders from staff and student groups, this conference aims to improve communication and encourage the creation or modification of programs to serve all of our constituencies. Diversity is something I’ll be devoted to as long as I’m at the University, and i hope the dialogue today will move us closer to our goal of creating a more diverse and Inclusive environment.~ Joel Seligman, President

Conference Overview: Three concurrent morning sessions in Rush Rhees Library will be followed by a working lunch and a large group discussion in the May Room, Wilson Commons. Each morning session features speakers from different areas of the University and guest discussants.

2010 Joel11:00-11:05 President Seligman’s Welcome

11:05-12:25 Concurrent Morning Sessions 

Julie Buehler, Deputy Chief Information Officer, University IT
Developing an Organization-wide Foundation for Diversity and Inclusion

Jonathan Burdick, Arts, Science & Engineering Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Promises for Promising Students

Wendi Heinzelman, Arts, Science & Engineering Dean of Graduate Studies
Addressing the Pipeline

Glenn Cerosaletti, Rochester Center for Community Leadership, Office of the Dean of Students
Why did the students cross the bridge?

Doug Lowry, Dean, Eastman School of Music
Eastman Community Connections

Kathy Parker, Dean, School of Nursing
Organizational Change

Thomas A. Pearson, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Professor of Community and Preventative Medicine
Faculty Mentoring: The Role of Diversity of Mentors in Multidisciplinary Research and Team Science

Mark Zupan, Dean, Simon School of Business
What does Diversity Mean When You Think about Being the Leader of Your Organization?

12:40-1:40 Working Lunch

The second portion of the conference is a working lunch where participants will discuss what they learned at the earlier presentations and share the best practices and challenges they face in their day-to-day activities.

1:40-2:40 Panel Discussion

After lunch, participants at each table will have the opportunity to present their thoughts during a large group conversation moderated by Provost Ralph Kuncl. This session also will include comments and feedback from a panel of UR Board members and diversity officers from Rochester companies including Xerox, Kodak, and Bausch and Lomb.

Virtual Conference : On April 5th, community members were invited to watch a live webcast of the afternoon discussion and President Seligman’s presentation (between 1:40-3pm)

They were also asked to voice opinions and suggestions via Twitter, where the hashtag ( #uofrdiversity) allowed for a virtual conversation. http://www.twitter.com #uofrdiversity

2:40-3:00 President Seligman Concluding Remarks: Building a Stronger Community