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Memorial Service for Paul Burgett on Tuesday, November 13

University Vice President Emeritus and University Dean Emeritus Paul Burgett ’68E, ’76E (PhD) will be remembered at a public memorial service at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, in Strong Auditorium. A reception will follow in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. Organizers request that you register if you’d like to attend.

Samina Ali to Speak at University’s 2019 Diversity Conference

Samina Ali, an author, activist, and cultural commentator, will be the keynote speaker for the University’s 2019 Diversity Conference on Monday, April 8.

The annual event begins at 9 a.m. at Strong Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Ali’s debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, was the winner of France’s prestigious Prix du Premier Roman Etranger Award and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in fiction. The book details a young woman’s arranged marriage and political awakening and was partly inspired by Ali’s real-life experience growing up in Hyderabad, India, and St. Paul, Minnesota.

At the heart of Ali’s work is her belief in personal narrative as a vital force for achieving women’s individual and political freedom, and the power of new and traditional media as platforms for social transformation.

A regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Daily Beast, Ali also has written for the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

The objective of the day-long conference is for the University community and the Greater Rochester community to engage with diversity-related topics. This year’s theme is “finding the courage to lead.”

Search Begins for Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

The University has launched a national search for its first vice president for equity and inclusion. The vice president will be the University’s chief diversity officer and will establish and lead the new Office of Equity and Inclusion. Additionally, the Culture of Respect site has a new look and highlights the ongoing progress in strengthening policies, clarifying processes, and expanding resources to support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. It also features content about members of the University community who are making a difference in promoting meaningful change.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Discusses Racism, Social Injustice

In the first of an ongoing initiative to bring challenging conversations to campus, Donald Hall (right), the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, welcomed basketball icon and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to meet with students and host a talk on the issues dividing America, including racism, economic inequality, and social injustice. “Basically we have to overcome fear … That type of bigotry has no basis in logic,” Abdul-Jabbar told the audience in the Palestra last night. “We have to learn to appreciate that people of intelligence come in all shapes and sizes and colors, and if we don’t learn to appreciate that then I think we’re just doomed as a species.” (University photo by J. Adam Fenster)

School of Nursing Repeat Winner of Excellence in Diversity Award

For the second straight year, the University of Rochester School of Nursing has been selected to receive the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The UR School of Nursing is one of 11 schools of nursing across the country – and the only one from New York or New England – to be awarded the only national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, osteopathic, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

President Feldman Calls for Unity after Acts of Bigotry, Hate

President Richard Feldman sent a message to the University community Sunday denouncing intolerance and disrespect. “We must stand unified against those who would divide us with prejudice and hate,” Feldman wrote.

Diversity Learning Series: Harassment and Discrimination Module Launching

In keeping with the University’s commitment to cultivating a welcoming and inclusive community, the Diversity Learning Series will launch its second module on harassment and discrimination prevention next week. It builds on the implicit bias training launched in August. Faculty and supervisors will be assigned a two-hour version of the training, Harassment and Discrimination Prevention for Managers/Supervisors, to better equip them with the skills to help us create an environment free of harassment and discrimination and to respond to potential issues. All other employees will be assigned a one-hour version of the training, Harassment and Discrimination Prevention. All training must be completed in MyPath no later than December 31, 2018, to be included in the 2019 annual salary and wage program. Watch your inbox next week for an email from Tony Kinslow with further instructions.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Speak on the River Campus

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a basketball icon, activist, author, actor, and ambassador, will speak on November 5. His talk, “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black & White,” is the first in a series called Dean’s Initiative: Difficult Conversations as a Catalyst for Change, presented by Donald Hall, the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

Graduate Students from Around the Globe Find Niche at Rochester

There are nearly 1,400 master’s and doctoral students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering whose studies range from philosophy to physics. About half are international students who come from 67 nations, including Nik Chatzikonstanti, above, a fourth-year PhD student in mathematics from Rhodes, Greece.

Telling ‘Sekuru’s Stories’ through Music, Digital Scholarship

Jennifer Kyker, an associate professor of music in the School of Arts & Sciences and an associate professor of ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music, has embarked on a multimedia project focused on the musical life of Sekuru Tute Chigamba, a renowned performer of the Zimbabwean mbira dzavadzimu.

Kristin Doughty Appointed Director of Susan B. Anthony Institute

Kristin Doughty, an associate professor of anthropology, has been named director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She began her new role on July 1, succeeding Nora Rubel, who led the institute for four years.

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.”

Happy Pride, Rochester!

More than 250 members of the University community marched together in the Rochester Pride Parade last weekend.

‘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.

Faculty and staff selected as ‘Inclusive Campus Leadership’ fellows

The ICL Fellowship is a competitive two-year program open to staff and faculty at the University of Rochester who are passionate about incorporating diversity and inclusion into their UR careers.

How 7 student activists make Rochester ever better

Meet seven students who are actively working to ensure Rochester maintains a climate of respect where everyone is free to learn, teach, and work. With support from their faculty and staff advisors, these students are striving to make the University ever better.

Commission issues report on gender equity issues at the University

The fight for gender equity is not a new one. The events and revelations of the last year, locally and globally, have seemed all too familiar to many of us. In fact, this report by the Commission for Women and Gender Equity in Academia comes in a long line of diversity reports, climate surveys, and efforts to improve the University of Rochester community.

Leading Experts to Offer Designs for Diversity

President Richard Feldman recently announced that he has engaged the support of the consulting firm DeEtta Jones and Associates to help guide key elements of the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The agency’s principal and founder DeEtta Jones and associate Jerome Offord will visit Rochester in late April to meet with various campus and community constituents.

Seeing the World From a New Perspective: APNN students go into the community to gain a better understanding of the people they serve.

It’s no mystery where a hospital or clinic gets its patients. Health care providers serve the very communities that surround them. But seeing pa­tients in an acute-care setting is one thing. Meeting them out where they live, work, and play is something else entirely.

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.

John Barker Named to New Leadership Post in Arts, Sciences & Engineering

John Barker ’09W (PhD) says his goals for higher education have always included three tenets: “access, equity, and social justice for all.” As of March 1, he is fulfilling those missions at Rochester in the newly created role as senior associate dean of the faculty for Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

Members of the University Community Share Thoughts on Black History Month

As Black History Month draws to a close, Norman Burnett, assistant dean and director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs, says it would be unfortunate to limit recognition of the contributions of black men and women to just one month.

Kevin Beckford Named Director of Staff Diversity and Inclusion

Beckford has joined the University as director of staff diversity and inclusion. He will provide strategy and direction to the Office of Staff Diversity and Inclusion and provide University-wide oversight for affirmative action planning and equal employment opportunity. Beckford brings a focus on operational excellence, effectively managing change, and championing diversity in every aspect of the workplace. He is also active in the community; Beckford is the first African-American to serve on the Pittsford Town Board in its more than 200-year history.

New Award Recognizes Teaching and Research Mentorship

Frederick Lewis ’68 (PhD) was surrounded by mentors while working toward his doctorate in organic chemistry. A new award funded by Lewis and his wife, Susan Rice Lewis, will recognize faculty who excel as both teachers and mentors.

University Events Mark Black History Month

Sponsors and host organizations across the University are planning events to celebrate black history. This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass. The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies and Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation are joining with other Rochester institutions to honor Douglass’s life and work in his adopted city.

Cultivating a Culture of Respect

In September 2017, the University of Rochester commissioned an Independent Investigation into claims of sexual harassment and retaliation. The final Report from the investigation released in January 2018 outlines a series of recommendations for how the University can improve its policies and create clearer processes for reporting and investigating sexual misconduct.

On this website, you will find the latest updates on the University's commitment to respond to the Report's recommendations and other meaningful steps the University community is taking together to cultivate a culture of respect.

Suffragist Votetilla Volunteers Win Inaugural Community Champion Award

The Susan B. Anthony Center will present its new Community Champion Award to the community volunteers and staff from the Susan B. Anthony House who organized Votetilla, a canal boat trip that celebrated 100 years of women’s suffrage in New York State.

Beth Olivares Takes on Expanded Diversity Role

Beth Olivares, executive director of the David T. Kearns Center, has begun an expanded role as dean for diversity in Arts, Sciences & Engineering, one she hopes will “give a voice to people in the University community who don’t feel their voices are heard.”

Presidential Diversity Award Winners Announced

The 2018 recipients are Jonathan Wetherbee, School of Nursing Center for Employee Wellness, and Molly Murdock, Doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music.

‘Inclusive habits of the mind and heart’: Diversity, justice, and higher education

In this essay, Sasha Eloi-Evans, an academic programming coordinator for the Office of Minority Students Affairs and a lecturer in linguistics, reflects on diversity in higher education in the nearly 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.

‘Martin Luther King Jr. was my first American hero’

Four-time Emmy Award-winner and pioneer of Latino broadcasting Maria Hinojosa says “it’s pretty surreal” to be delivering the University’s MLK Commemorative Address on January 19, 2018. She calls Martin Luther King Jr., her “first American hero, the first person who made me believe I had a voice in this country.”

In Their Own Voice: Race, Identity and the Legacy of MLK

University of Rochester students discuss race, identity, and the legacy of MLK on Dr. Martin Luther King Day.

Workshop Proposals Invited for Diversity Conference- Deadline Jan 26

The theme for this year’s University-wide diversity conference is “Overcoming the Invisible.” The conference aims to explore hidden identities, evolve beyond the social constructions that drive perception, and find pathways to create meaningful change. Submit a proposal to present a workshop or research poster at the conference, which will take place Friday, April 13. More information about the submission process can be found on the conference website.

Call for Applications: Inclusive Climate Leadership Fellowship

The Provost’s Office and the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity announce a call for applications for the 2018–20 Inclusive Climate Leadership Fellowship Program, open to all staff and faculty. See details on the program and application materials. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 19.

Podcast: First all-female Students’ Association leadership team shares plans

The University’s first all-female Students’ Association leadership team talk about their plans for the 2017–18 academic year in this recent episode of Quadcast. Jordan Smith and Rebecca Mooney discuss their passions, their futures, and “shattering a glass ceiling.”

LGBTQ at Rochester launches new website

The website,, is a central landing point for University of Rochester community members interested in issues of gender and sexual diversity. Faculty, staff, and student volunteers developed the website as a part of a working group of the LGBTQ Advocacy Committee.

Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia

In a message to the University community, the faculty and student co-chairs announced the formation of the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia, comprised of faculty, students, and trainees from across all campuses and schools.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a University Holiday

The President's Diversity Council voted unanimously to have Martin Luther King Jr. Day recognized as a University holiday, commencing in 2018. “This is a fitting and important step to signify our commitment to diversity,” says President Joel Seligman.

One question sparks student’s research around race in America

Why does racism play a part in motivating some students to go on to college, while it seems to deter others? Winston Scott ’19 is preparing a study into how children react when they begin to perceive racism.