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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.