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Faculty Diversity Officers

The mission of the Faculty Diversity Officers (FDOs) is to collaborate with University leadership and faculty to develop strategies that foster the hiring and retention of underrepresented faculty.

  • Mercedes Ramirez Fernandez

    Richard Feldman Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, and Chair of the Faculty Diversity Officers

Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

  • Beth Olivares
    Beth Olivares

    Dean for Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering and Executive Director of Kearns Center

  • John Lambropoulos

    John Lambropoulos

    Professor of Mechanical Engineering & of Materials Science and Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Eastman School of Music

School of Medicine and Dentistry

  • John Cullen

    Professor of Clinical, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and
    Associate Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center

  • Telva Olivares

    Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, and Assistant Chair of Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Engagement

School of Nursing

Simon Business School

  • Joanna Wu
    Joanna Wu

    Susanna and Evans Y. Lam Professor of Business Administration

  • Ron GoettlerRon Goettler

    Professor of Economics, Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Warner School of Education

Ex Officio Members


Additional Members

  • Norman BurnettNorman Burnett

    Assistant Dean and Director, Office of Minority Student Affairs

  • Cilas KemedjioCilas Kemedjio

    Director for the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies

Four Key Roles for Faculty Diversity Officers

  1. Emphasize the importance of improving faculty diversity and keeping it in the forefront of faculty recruitment and retention efforts by:
    • Advocating persistently and vigilantly for social justice and equity in research, teaching, and clinical care
    • Serving as visible champions to bring issues raised by faculty to the attention of the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity
    • Serving as liaisons between the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity and individual departments
    • Providing leadership to encourage both formal and informal organizational change initiatives
  2. Implement best practices to promote diversity through the development and review of school and University policies by:
    • Identifying opportunities to improve the climate for recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty
    • Enlisting the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity to provide visibility on such issues
    • Identifying opportunities to develop faculty mentoring and cultural sensitivity programs
    • Directing interested faculty to the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity for assistance
  3. Serve as organizational change agents by:
    • Training search committees to utilize best practices in their outreach and recruitment efforts
    • Providing resources developed by the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity to search committees
    • Participating in the review and interpretation of data related to hiring, retention, and promotion
    • Serving as a liaison to provide access to deans beyond the once-a-year meeting with the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity
  4. Engage the broader University community in diversity efforts by:
    • Creating opportunities for sustained dialogue about diversity within departments and schools
    • Attending monthly Faculty Diversity Officer meetings
    • Reporting on routine and innovative school activities
    • Helping to develop and participating in two workshops each year and the University of Rochester’s Annual Diversity Conference

For more information, please contact the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity at (585) 273-2760.