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Military veterans find a home at University

“Rochester is committed to supporting our students, faculty, and staff who have served our country,” says Mercedes Ramírez Fernández, the Richard Feldman Vice President of Equity and Inclusion and the University’s chief diversity officer. “Our veterans can be found in nearly every level and every unit of our institution. We honor their service and we thank them for the many ways they help us learn, discover, heal, and create.”

University recognized for commitment to diversity and inclusion

The University of Rochester has received the 2020 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 November 2020 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“Receiving the 2020 HEED Award is a wonderful recognition of our institution’s efforts,” said University of Rochester President Sarah Mangelsdorf. “I am particularly proud that with all the challenges facing us this year, from the COVID-19 pandemic to safely restarting our academic enterprise, we have not lost sight of our priorities around equity, diversity, and inclusion.”

Adrienne Morgan Named Associate Vice President in Office of Equity and Inclusion

Adrienne Morgan, assistant dean for medical education diversity and inclusion in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been named associate vice president in the University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion established this past summer. The associate vice president supports the chief diversity officer in advancing the strategic goals and initiatives that promote inclusivity throughout the University and ensuring that individuals from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities feel welcomed and supported here.

Mercedes Ramírez Fernández, the Richard Feldman Vice President for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, announced Morgan’s appointment, which will begin on Dec. 2.

“I am very happy to welcome Adrienne to the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Having worked with her extensively already in my time here, I know that she brings the leadership qualities and commitment to drive sustainable change and institution-wide initiatives to further our progress in building a Culture of Respect,” said Ramírez Fernández. “She is a proven and collaborative professional with many years of service to the University community, and someone who has been very successful in implementing effective diversity strategies. She is highly respected for this important work.”

UR at the Little Theatre: Screening of Moonlight

Join fellow alumni, parents, students, and for a private screening of the 2017 Academy Award-winning film, Moonlight.

Experience the groundbreaking coming-of-age story of a young African-American man grappling with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the struggles of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

A welcome will be given from the program assistant in the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, Miles Perry ’20 as well as remarks from the Founder and Chair of Rochester Black Pride, Adrian Elim ’13

Women’s Leadership Development Day- October 11, 2019

On Friday, October 11, 2019, Please join us for Women's Leadership Development Day!

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.

University Appoints Mercedes Ramírez Fernandez as the First Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Mercedes Ramírez Fernández, associate vice provost for strategic affairs and diversity at Virginia Tech, will join the University on July 1 as Rochester’s first vice president for equity and inclusion. University President Richard Feldman announced Fernández’s appointment, which follows a national search that began this past fall. The University Board of Trustees also announced that this position has been endowed through donations and named the Richard Feldman Vice President for Equity and Inclusion to honor President Feldman, who is stepping down at the end of June.

The vice president will lead the new Office of Equity and Inclusion and work closely with deans and other senior leaders and campus constituencies to create, implement and lead an institution-wide diversity strategic plan that includes recruitment, training, communication, policy and metrics. Working with campus diversity leaders, the vice president will integrate this strategy with federally mandated anti-discrimination compliance, and will also identify and pursue opportunities to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, including promoting the University’s Vision, Values, and Culture of Respect.

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.

Ready to Mentor ‘Students like Myself’: Kharimat Alatise

Kharimat Alatise has known since middle school that she would attend college, but she never dreamed of the world awaiting after graduation.

“My parents came to America from Nigeria when my mother was pregnant with me,” the biomedical engineering major says. “No one in my family had ever gone to college, but my parents instilled in me that education would be my key to success.”

Racial Equity: Using Art to Address Social Problems

As part of the ongoing series surrounding Racial Equity, Jonathan Wetherbee and Mitchell Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS will be presenting "Racial Equity: Using Art to Address Social Problems" on Tuesday, April 23 from 12PM-1PM in Helen Wood Hall, room 1w501. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students and lunch will be provided!

Intersectional Crises in an Anti-Aids Organization: The Life and Death of ACT UP/LA

The Susan B Anthony Institute presents a talk with Benita Roth, Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality at Binghamton University on Monday, April 15 at 3:30PM in the Humanities Center.

Speaking Truth to Power: A Primer on Black/African Psychology and How it Changed Psychology

The Department of Psychiatry presents the Martin Luther King Grand Rounds, featuring Kevin Cokley, Ph.D. with “Speaking Truth to Power: A Primer on Black/African Psychology and How it Changed Psychology”. Dr. Cokley is the Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) and a Professor of Educational Psychology and African & African Diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Rochester students to receive Davis Projects for Peace grants

Four University of Rochester students will lead two projects abroad this summer after receiving grants from Davis Projects for Peace, a national program in which college students design and implement projects that promote peace and intercultural understanding.

‘Difference Teaches You Humility’ – Dean Donald Hall Formally Installed April 3, 2019

Donald Hall was formally installed as the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of the Arts, Sciences & Engineering during an investiture ceremony Wednesday, April 3, in the Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons.

Campus Climate Surveys to go out to Undergrads March 25, 2019

Today, March 25, 2019, undergraduates within the College and at Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester will receive an email with the link to fill out the Diverse Learning Environments Survey which is designed to help create positive social change on our campus.

Talk: Heritage and Foreign Language Learners Together – Taking Advantage of Mixed Classroom.

Prof. Gláucia Silva, from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will have a talk on “Heritage and foreign language learners together: taking advantage of mixed classroom”.

This presentation discusses some of the challenges that arise in mixed classrooms, highlighting approaches such as differentiated instruction (Carreira, 2012) and project-based learning (Carreira, 2018), which may be used to address specific needs of different types of learners.

Lunch will be served at noon. The presentation will start at 12:30 pm.

Friday, March 22 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the Frederick Douglass Commons, Language Center, 305

Share Your Suggestions for MLK Speakers

The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) and the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address Committee seeks input from the University community about who should deliver next year’s address. The annual event promotes issues of diversity, freedom, civil rights, and social justice to commemorate King’s legacy.

Saving the Lost Text of a Torah Scroll

Gregory Heyworth, an associate professor of English, and his digital media students are using different wavelengths of light to reveal illegible text on a Torah scroll that could create a tangible link with congregations lost to the Holocaust.

Analysis: Captain Marvel ‘Debunks Myth’ that Female- or Minority-led Films Struggle – article by Bethany Lacina, Assoc. Prof of Political Science at UR

In an analysis for the Washington Post, Bethany Lacina, an associate professor of political science, writes that the success of Captain Marvel shows that superheroes played by women, or ethnic and racial minorities can attract new movie audiences without losing existing ones.

By analyzing search engine traffic across 210 US media markets, Lacina found that conservative audiences have not penalized female and minority superhero movies, in either interest or attendance. Conservative audiences were no less interested in these movies than in the ensemble superhero films—such as Avengers: Age of Ultron—that were not targets of alt-right campaigns.

Poetry Workshop: Race Intersecting

Join the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center and "We're Better Than THAT" - The University of Rochester's Anti-Racism Campaign in celebration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

This workshop led by prominent Queer Women of Color Poets Siaara Freeman, Christina Olivares, and Rachel Wiley is open to all students and will focus on the intersection of race and other identities. This event is free to attend, but reservations are required.

Strengthening Latino Health: the 2019 Latino Health and Health Disparities Conference (Fortaleciendo La Salud Latina: Conferencia de Salud Latina 2019)

Strengthening Latino Health: the 2019 Latino Health and Health Disparities Conference /ortaleciendo La Salud Latina: Conferencia de Salud Latina 2019 is an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and advocates to share emerging research, best practices, and community perspectives that shape the agenda for Latino health and eliminating disparities.

The conference is April 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the School of Medicine and Dentistry

Diversity Seminar on Creating a Culturally Inclusive Community

Join the Medical Center’s Office for Inclusion and Culture Development for the latest in the diversity seminar series, “Being an Ambassador: Culturally Informed and Responsive Care Using Culture Vision.” The seminar takes place Thursday, March 28, noon to 1 p.m., in K-207 (2-6408) Auditorium, Medical Center. Faculty, fellows, residents, students, and staff are welcome to attend. A light lunch will be provided. Email to register.

Faculty to Discuss Civil Discourse on WXXI’s Connections

Joan Saab, vice provost of academic affairs and the Susan B. Anthony Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies; David Primo, the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and an associate professor of political science and business administration; and Kevin Meuwissen, an associate professor at the Warner School of Education, are scheduled be guests on WXXI’s Connections at 1 p.m.Tuesday, March 12. They will continue their conversation about civil public discourse. Listen live online or at 1370AM.

Son Sets Out to Make an App to Communicate with His Father

“It’s essentially closed captioning for personal conversations,” says Brandon Isobe ’10 of the iPhone app that he and his father, who is deaf, developed to render speech to text.

Women’s History Month: Women of MAG

In honor of Women's History Month, this Sunday, March 10, Docent Jane Colangelo has created a specialized tour on the women of the Memorial Art Gallery collection. The MAG will celebrate the women who made "Magnificent" muses, painted perfect portraits, and who altered our perceptions of feminism and the art world. Included in museum admission. The event runs from 1PM-2PM. Call the Memorial Art Gallery at 585-276-8900 with questions.

FDI Lecture: The Campaign to Eradicate Female Genital Cutting in Africa: 
Why a Strategy Change is Needed? with Prof. Omar Ndoye

Join the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African Studies for a lecture by Professor Omar Ndoye of Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar (Senegal) on March 20 at 5PM in Morey 321. The lecture entitled " The Campaign to Eradicate Female Genital Cutting in Africa: 
Why a Strategy Change is Needed?" will address the unfortunate reality of Female Genital Cutting (FGC) that continues to be a reality for millions of infants, young girls and women, despite the intervention of public institutions, non-governmental organizations and laws. This talk explores such strategies, with an emphasis on means of communication that are specific to practicing ethnic groups and how understanding such means could lead to sustainable solutions.

Take a Midday Meditation Break

Take a midday meditation break every Wednesday in March from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in Douglass Commons, Room 407. No experience is necessary. Brought to you by the Mindful University Project.

Celebrate Women’s History!

March is Women's History Month!

Sponsors and host organizations across the University are planning events to celebrate Women's History.

Check the calendar for events throughout the month of March!

Gumball Gala

Celebrate the diverse identities and talents of the University community with live music and dance at the Gumball Gala, Saturday, March 2, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Interfaith Chapel. Enjoy performances by Xclusive Step Team, The Royals Dance Team, University of Rochester Illusion & Magic Performance Society, UR Beatbox Collective, NJR, and UR Celtic. Dinner will be provided!

Sponsored by the Catholic Newman Community, Cosponsored by the Students' Association for Interfaith Cooperation

LGBTQ Staff and Faculty Tea

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center hosts an LGBTQ Staff and Faculty Tea for College LGBTQ faculty, instructors, staff, and administrators on Tuesday, February 26, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Douglass Commons, Room 305.

Grant Supports Interactive Training to Treat Patients with Disabilities

Thanks to a recent grant award, Eastman Institute for Oral Health’s ongoing efforts to improve access to healthcare for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) will be addressed through a new educational initiative.

Dr. Cynthia WongThe Working for Inclusive and Transformative Healthcare (WITH) Foundation awarded Dr. Cynthia Wong $50,000 for a one year project to develop online training modules for medical and dental professionals to promote inclusive health for people with IDD.

Making Mentoring Work

What factors should you consider when choosing a mentor? Identify and practice key skills for cultivating meaningful mentor-mentee relationship. Part of the Future Faculty Workshops, a workshop series for the next generation of faculty.

Join Vivian Lewis, vice provost for faculty development and diversity and leader of the Ever Better Mentoring series, for Making Mentoring Work. The workshop takes place Thursday, March 21, from 11am to 1:30pm, in Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library. Lunch is provided. Please email for more information

inspireDANCE Festival starts Thursday, February 14

The ninth annual InspireDanceFestival begins Thursday, February 14, and features more than 30 master classes and styles of dance over eight days. The festival features more than 30 master classes and styles of dance, including flamenco, contemporary, ballroom, Pilates, capoeira, West African dance, ballet, peacebuilding, and injury prevention.

Concert to Celebrate Black Composers

The Black Students at Eastman group will host an afternoon of music by black composers, Sunday, February 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Ray Wright Room, Eastman School of Music. A reception follows.

Rochester in the News: Is This The Year of Women in Science?

In 2018, Donna Strickland ’89 (PhD) was one of two women awarded the Nobel Prize. Strickland is the third woman in history to receive the Nobel Prize in physics, and the first in 55 years. With the numbers of women entering scientific fields growing each year, these numbers are expected to rise in the near future.

Symone Sanders: Highlights from the 2019 MLK Address

On January 23, 2019, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address was delivered by Symone Sanders, a CNN political commentator and National Press Secretary for Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. Prior to the address, Sanders met with students at the Douglass Leadership House for a discussion on her career, activism, and politics.

Puerto Rican Children with Asthma Less Likely to Use Inhalers than Mexican American Children

Puerto Rican children were more likely to have poor or decreasing use of inhaled medication needed to control their asthma than Mexican American children, according to a new study by University of Rochester Medical Center researchers.

The study, published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, also found that girls of both ethnic groups were more likely than boys to have poor or decreasing use of the asthma control medications.

Faculty International Coffee and Tea Hour

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center and the Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Deans Office bring to you monthly opportunities for faculty to engage in meaningful conversations. This month features African coffee, tea, and pastries from that region for faculty to enjoy and to meet other faculty across disciplines

Medical Students to Host Immigrant and Migrant Worker Conference

Students from the School of Medicine and Dentistry will shed light on social and health issues facing immigrant and migrant farmworkers at the “Im/migrant Worker Conference: Health Care Barriers and Solutions” on Saturday, February 23.

What’s the Problem with Civility?

Joan Saab, vice provost of academic affairs and the Susan B. Anthony Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies; David Primo, the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and an associate professor of political science and business administration; and Kevin Meuwissen, an associate professor at the Warner School of Education, discuss civil and civic discourse, and how to bridge America’s social and political divide.

Neilly Series Lecture: “Conversations with John A. Williams” Edited by Jeffrey Allen Tucker

One of the most prolific African American authors of his time, John A. Williams (1925–2015) made his mark as a journalist, educator, and writer. Conversations with John A. Williams collects twenty-three interviews with the three-time winner of the American Book Award, beginning with a discussion in 1969 of his early works and ending with a previously unpublished interview from 2005.

Associate Professor in the Department of English Jeffrey Allen Tucker will discuss the process of editing this volume, which included conducting face-to-face interviews with the author and archival research in the River Campus Libraries’ Department of Rare Books Special Collections and Preservation.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reserved parking is available in the Library Lot. For more information, call 585-275-4461.

Sponsored by Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowments and the River Campus Libraries.

Activist and Author Angela Davis to Speak at the University

Scholar and political activist Angela Davis will pay a visit to the University of Rochester in March to speak on the role of universities in fostering engaged citizenship.

Davis will speak Tuesday, March 5, at the Feldman Ballroom at the Frederick Douglass Commons. The talk will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The talk, entitled “The University’s Role in Educating Students to be Engaged Citizens,” is part of the series Difficult Conversations as a Catalyst for Change, presented by Donald Hall, the University’s Robert L. and Mary Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

“From her groundbreaking work as a theorist of race, class and gender to her long-standing commitment to prison reform, Angela Davis embodies the concept of the activist intellectual,” Hall says. “As the next speaker in our Difficult Conversations series, she is uniquely poised to speak about how universities can equip students to become engaged citizens of the world, where disagreements abound but common cause can be found around the need for respectful dialogue across differences.”

Dr. Irma McClaurin, American Activist & Anthropologist named Keynote for the Susan B. Anthony House’s Annual Talk

Dr. Irma McClaurin, Keynote Speaker for the Susan B. Anthony House's annual talk will join us on campus at University of Rochester on February 14 and 15, 2019 for several events including writing and teaching workshops and a discussion of her experience with community engagement.

Celebrating Black History

February is Black History Month!
Sponsors and host organizations across the University are planning events to celebrate Black History.
Check the calendar for events throughout the month of February!

New grad student chapter tackles underrepresentation in STEM

Rochester becomes the 11th local chapter of the national Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering, bringing graduate students together across backgrounds and disciplines.

The chapter has been certified by the University and will receive funding through the University’s David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity. ADSE’s goals fall well within the Kearns Center’s mission to expand the educational pipeline through the doctoral degree for low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented minority students, says Liz Daniele, the center’s assistant director for graduate diversity.

The Tenth Annual Diversity Conference: “Finding the Courage to Lead” is Monday, April 8, 2019

On Monday, April 8, 2019, The University of Rochester will host the 10th Annual Diversity Conference, Finding the Courage to Lead. This year the conference aims to highlight the fearlessness and resilience needed when creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable environment. Participants will not only engage around various markers of social justice, but also explore the strategies needed to create systemic change. This year's keynote speaker is award-winning author, activist and cultural commentator Samina Ali.

Women of Color Caucus – Saturday, February 9

Rooted in the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the first-ever Women of Color Caucus invites self-identifying women of color affiliated with the University of Rochester to gather in fellowship and sisterhood.

Similar to the Women of Color Circle, the purpose of the caucus is to enlighten and amplify the strengths of women of color through thought-provoking discussions on identity, intersectionality, and trauma.

There will be a keynote address by Lesli Myers-Small ’93W (MS), superintendent of the Brockport Central School District, as well as two rounds of concurrent discussion sessions and reflection, and a catered meal. The event will be held in the Schlegel Hall Rotunda.

Lean Chinese during Lunch – Intro to Spoken Chinese for University Professionals

Introduction to Spoken Chinese for University Professionals uses small group practice in conversational Mandarin to focus on language and cultural understandings that are key to University professionals who work with Chinese students and researchers. The course is taught by Ellen Zuroski from Zuroski Consulting, Tuesdays, from noon to 1 p.m., Douglass Commons, Room 302, from February 12 to April 16. Bring your lunch. The course fee is $300; payment can be set up as an account transfer between departments or a check if paying out of pocket. Sign up here. Contact Qiuyi Wang for more information.

Library Acquires Writings of Early Feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A remarkable collection acquired by the University of Rochester’s Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP), is now fully digitized and open to scholars.

Feminist author and social reformer Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935) was well known in her day, then largely forgotten until modern scholars generated renewed interest in the woman who is perhaps best known as the author of the short story The Yellow Wallpaper (1892). The acquisition, made by the RBSCP in 2017 with the support of the Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries, consists of 52 personal letters from the 1880s.

Pictured here:
The inscription inside Rochester’s first addition of The Yellow Wallpaper which alludes to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s postpartum depression. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

Reminder – January 31 is the Diversity Learning Series Completion Deadline

The deadline for completing the two Diversity Learning Series courses (one on implicit bias and the other on harassment and discrimination prevention) is Thursday, January 31. Managers and supervisors will be notified of employees who do not complete the series by the deadline, a requirement to receive a salary increase as part of the 2019 annual wage and salary program

2019 Presidential Diversity Awards Recognize Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

The Presidential Diversity Awards recognize people from across the University of Rochester community who “demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives."

This year, the recipients of the Presidential Diversity Awards were Myra Henry and the Commission on Women & Gender Equity in Academia (CWGEA), who were selected from among eight nominees who were recommended by their colleagues. Each award includes a $2,500 prize. Individual award recipients receive half and designate half to support the budget of a program or department of the winner’s choice; team award winners designate the entire $2,500 prize to the program or department of the team’s choice.

Meet the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Award winners

Seven female undergraduates and two professors from the Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics will be honored January 26 at the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Awards, a 62-year tradition sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Center that celebrates exceptional women at the University of Rochester.

“These awards are a representation of the power women have when we support one another,” says Annemarie Kearns ’20, one of two recipients of the Susan B. Anthony Scholarship. “There are so many women I look up to on this campus, and each has taught me to challenge myself and be more confident in my decision making.”

Symone Sanders Delivers MLK Commemorative Address Wednesday, January 23

Symone Sanders, a CNN political analyst and the national press secretary for Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential run, will deliver the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons.

LGBTQ Meet and Greet, Alumni Career Panel January 24 & 25

Upcoming LGBTQ events taking place in the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center (305 Douglass Commons) this week include LGBTQ Meet and Greet as well as the LGBTQ Alumni Career Panel.

The Department of Psychiatry Education Grand Rounds present “White Theory, Black Client: Understanding the Relevance of Black/African Psychology

You are invited to a Community Counts Luncheon on Wednesday, January 23, with Psychiatry's Grand Rounds Speaker Ronke Lattimore Tapp, Ph.D. as the Department of Psychiatry presents: White Theory, Black Client: Understanding the Relevance of Black/African Psychology

Karen Chance Mercurius Named Associate Vice President for Alumni and Constituent Relations

Karen Chance Mercurius, PhD, the current director of alumni relations at Harvard Law School, has been selected to lead the Office of Alumni Relations and Constituent Engagement at the University of Rochester following a competitive national search. Chance Mercurius, an innovative and strategic leader with recognized experience in higher education advancement, executive board and volunteer management, alumni engagement, international program development, coaching, and organizational change and culture, will assume the role of associate vice president for alumni and constituent relations on March 18, 2019.

Diversity Book Club Series: Michelle Obama’s Becoming

The Office of Staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has added a new book to its Diversity Book Club series. The next book is the New York Times bestseller Becoming by Michelle Obama. The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family, and her husband's political ascent. A one-hour discussion facilitated by Ashley Campbell, HRMS manager for user security and data integrity, will be held on February 5.

The book club focuses on authors and works that promote critical thinking within the realm of diversity and inclusion. A light snack will be provided.

Wisconsin Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf Named University of Rochester President

Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, an experienced academic leader recognized for her work on issues of academic quality, educational access, and diversity and inclusion at some of the nation’s leading public and private institutions, has been named president of the University of Rochester.

Committee Seeks Feedback on Proposed Changes to Policy 106

The Policy 106 Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, and students, including representatives from the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and the University Diversity and Equity Council, was charged by President Richard Feldman to review and consider changes to the University’s Policy against Discrimination and Harassment, Policy 106.

The committee has drafted proposed changes to the policy, along with a report discussing their recommendations and deliberations

The Policy 106 Committee requests community feedback on the proposed changes to the policy by January 23, 2019.

Community members can send feedback to

The committee’s recommendations and proposed revisions presented at the conclusion of its work will reflect the committee’s consideration of and deliberation on this feedback. The committee’s report will also be available to the University community.

Reports on Diversity, Bias, and Sexual Misconduct Available

The University has released its 2018 reports on Diversity and Inclusion, Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, and College Bias-Related Incidents to provide more transparency about issues of diversity, discrimination, and sexual misconduct. It’s the first time the reports have been released together, online, and in an easy-to-navigate digital format. Print-ready PDFs are available for download

Symone Sanders to Deliver MLK Commemorative Address

Symone Sanders, a political commentator for CNN and the national press secretary for Senator Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential run, will deliver the University’s 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Address.

Sanders will speak at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. The annual event is free and open to the public.

A Tribute to Frederick Douglass in Word and Song

On December 3, 1847, the first issue of the North Star newspaper was published in the city of Rochester. One hundred and seventy one years later, the city again celebrated abolitionist, activist, author, and orator Frederick Douglass in an evening of words and song at Rochester’s Hochstein Hall. The Prophet of Freedom event, co-sponsored by the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology, featured musical performances, speeches from local leaders and members of Douglass’s family, and a keynote address from noted Douglass biographer David Blight.

Digital Scholars Rescue Lost Japanese Film

A 1929 Japanese silent film inspired by a classic O. Henry short story was long thought lost until Rochester researchers collaborated to bring it back to the big screen.

An Academic Understanding of Hate

Three Rochester faculty members talk about how we understand hate and intolerance.

University Communications recently sat down with Nora Ruble, the Jane and Allen Batkin Professor of Jewish Studies and chair of the Department of Religion and Classics, Thomas Fleischman, assistant professor of history, and Laura Elenbaas, assistant professor of psychology, for an academic conversation about hate and intolerance. Together, they discuss reactions to recent incidents of hate, important lessons from history, and the psychology of stereotypes and intolerance.

One Community Dialogue: What Are You?

Have you encountered any microaggressions based on your ethnic or racial ambiguity?
Join us for a One Community Dialogue to discuss the topic. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

The Burgett Intercultural Center hosts this discussion on racial and ethnic ambiguity at its next One Community Dialogue event at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, December 6, in Douglass Commons, Room 305.

Nominations Due December 5 for Professional Women’s Leadership Awards

Submit nominations by Wednesday, December 5, for the Susan B. Anthony Center’s 2019 professional women’s leadership awards. The Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award honors women who have achieved significant professional stature and influence and have used their experience to help other women advance as leaders.

Teaching and Learning about American Indians

What should schools teach about American Indians? Working with native communities, the Smithsonian’s MaryBeth Yerdon ’13W (MS) is helping lead that conversation.

"We’re really trying to build a network of teachers and native experts who partner with us and help us in what we do, and whom we can help with their needs in the classroom. We’re the Smithsonian, so fortunately, we have a lot of experts in-house. We also have the name recognition to partner with scholars as well as native communities and leaders. The Smithsonian just has a massive reach. We have the means to do what we’re doing, and it’s great to be part of a team that is dedicated to such an important endeavor. "

Diversity Conference Call for Proposals and Posters

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to submit proposals for workshops and posters for the University’s 10th Annual Diversity Conference to be held on Monday, April 8.

This year’s conference, “Finding the Courage to Lead,” will feature author, activist, and cultural commentator, Samina Ali. Workshop proposals should focus on creating interactive experiences around topics of developing fearlessness and resilience to assist in developing inclusive environments, as well as exploring how leaders and leadership can affect environments. The deadline for workshop proposals is Friday, January 18.

University Community Remembers Paul Burgett

Lee Koonce ’96E (MM), president and artistic director of the Gateways Music Festival, delivers remarks at a memorial service for University Vice President Emeritus and University Dean Emeritus Paul Burgett ’68E, ’76E (PhD) yesterday afternoon. Burgett championed the festival, a multiday series of concerts, performances, and other events designed to provide classical musicians of African descent a performance showcase of their own.

(University photo by J. Adam Fenster)

University Resource Groups Summit to be held December 7, 2018

Announcing "UR Making a Difference" , the University Resource Groups Summit to be held December 7, 2018 at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The event features keynote speaker Kevin McDonald, DJ, EdD, Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Missouri.

Topics Include:
•Living the Brand: A Culture of Respect
•Working while Deaf and Hard of Hearing
•Disability : We're All In
•Women and Men of Color: We are not invisible (Panel Discussion)

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International Education Week: Conversations with Women Who Lead

The International Education Week speakers series will feature Doris Gray, director of the Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, and Monica Sharma, author of Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents. They will discuss leadership and change, empowerment, equity, and access to education and health care worldwide during a series of individual and joint talks this week. They are also scheduled to be guests on WXXI’s Connections Thursday, November 15, at 1 p.m. Listen online at or at 1370AM.

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.”

‘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.