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Past Research Conferences

This conference, held at the University since 2012, is devoted to research and academic programs that help expand scholarship related to diversity and inclusion. The annual gathering creates a space for scholarly exchange and collaboration around issues related to diversity.

2016: “Conversations on Race”

The University-wide Annual Research Conference aims to promote diversity and inclusion through the advancement of scholarship and showcasing scholarly activity.  Potential faculty members are encouraged to attend the conference as we focus on Race in research and scholarship. Conversations on Race aims to encourage active dialogue within the academic community on the topic of race. The conference featured two concurrent breakout sessions: social justice and intersecting identities and issues. The conference objectives:

  • Spark and share meaningful dialogue within the UR academic community concerning issues on race
  • Inform pedagogy for sustainable learning environments relating to race and diversity
  • Create a space for scholarly exchange at the University to ask questions, get assistance and seek collaborative opportunities around race and diversity



2015: “Creative Innovation: Building Synergy through Arts, Sciences, and Diversity”

The theme of the 2015 conference focused on STEAM; incorporating the Arts into Sciences (Medicine and Healthcare), Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The keynote speaker for the conference was Dr. Christopher Emdin, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. His talk was titled, STEM With No Root Bears No Fruit: Techies, Fuzzies and New Possibilities. The conference featured three concurrent breakout sessions: inspire, inquire and investigate. The conference objectives:

  • Create a lens for understanding the intersection of the Arts, Sciences, and Healthcare
  • Brainstorm, build teams, and solve problems amongst seemingly different disciplines
  • Foster a culture of creativity and collaboration with all entities on campus: faculty, students, and staff.


2014: “Growing the Next Generation of Community-Based Researchers”

The theme of the 2014 conference was centered on understanding the key principles of community-based research. Our speakers were Barbara Israel, PhD, professor at University of Michigan School of Public Health and Principal Investigator of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center and Zachary Rowe, Executive Director of Friends at Parkside. The conference objectives:

  • To understand key principles of community-based research taking place here at Rochester and nationally
  • To appreciate the impact of community-based research within the University and community
  • To showcase successful community-based research projects and provide a platform to develop new partnerships


2013: “Recruiting and Preparing a Diverse Group of Students for Academic Careers in Science and Healthcare”

The theme of the 2013 conference was recruiting and preparing a diverse group of students for academic careers in science and healthcare.  Our speaker, Dr. Margarita Dubocovich, PhD shared best practices from her successful Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences (CLIMB) programs at the University at Buffalo which are devoted to helping students and junior scientists develop into leaders in the sciences.  Dr. Dubocovich gave two talks, one devoted to faculty and staff, and another one devoted to students.

SpeakerMargarita Dubocovich, PhD, is Chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement at the University at Buffalo.  Dr. Dubocovich is the Program Director of CLIMB, a group of federally funded initiatives supporting professional development for undergraduate students through junior faculty who are engaged in research. (read more)

2012: “Creating an Inclusive Research Environment”

In November 2012, we hosted the first ever University-wide diversity-related  research conference.  Our objectives were to understand the needs of  scholars whose work advances the diversity imperative, and create a venue  for networking.  The conference themes focused on the legitimacy of  diversity-related scholarship, gaining inclusion into the ‘canon’, research  subject recruitment, and publishing.  Below, please find materials from the  day.
 Speaker: Roger L. Worthington, PhD, is a professor in the College of  Education at the University of Missouri. He is the editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education (JDHE), and an associate editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology (JCP).

Panel Discussion: “Advancing Scholarship for the Diversity Imperative in Higher Education”

    • Edward BrockenbroughAssistant Professor and Director, Urban Teaching & Leadership Program
    • Kate Cerulli, Director of Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership and Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    • Margarita Guillory, Assistant Professor of Religion, African-American Religions

Ellen Koskoff, Professor of Ethnomusicology

  • Vincent Silenzio, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Community and Preventive Medicine, and Family Medicine


Prior to the 2012 first annual research conference we held biannual workshops for all faculty.

2011: Workshop with Diversity Consultant Joann Moody

JoAnn Moody, PhD, JD, the author of “Faculty Diversity: Problems and Solutions” and numerous publications on recruiting, mentorship, retention, and evaluation of faculty and graduate students will be at the University in early December.  She will lead workshops on improving searches, evaluations, and mentoring programs; workshops are necessarily small to encourage frank dialogue, and advance registration is required.  Joann presented three workshops: “Rising Above Cognitive Errors- Improving Searches, Evaluations, and Decision-Making,” “Mentoring Programs and the Role of Leadership,” and “Search Committees for Arts, Sciences and Engineering faculty.” Dr. Moody also met with deans and department chairs from different schools over the two days as well.  Click here for more information about JoAnn Moody workshops, or visit her webpage

2010: Workshop on Micromessaging

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity is hosting a workshop on Micromessaging- the small behaviors and gestures in which individuals may be either singled out, overlooked, ignored, or otherwise discounted based on an unchangeable characteristic such as race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. Micromessaging can be a gesture, different kind of language, treatment, or even tone of voice.  Many times this is deeply rooted and unconscious.Our morning session focused on the LGBT community and the afternoon session focused on religious diversity.  Each session was facilitated by Warner faculty members and the morning presentation will have a guest speaker Scott Fearing from the LGBT community and the afternoon session will have a guest speaker from the Muslim community, Dr. Muhammad Shafiq. Click here for Ed Brockenbrough’s PPT on MicroAggressions Conceptual Foundations. Click here for Dr. Shafiq’s PPT on Micromessaging and Muslims.

2010:Talk about Resilience and Mentorship: Tools to Thrive in Academia

The office for Faculty Development and the University of Rochester Clinical Translational Research Center co-sponsored a talk by Denice Cora- Bramble MD, MBA Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University Senior Vice President  – Children’s National Medical Center Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health

2009: Workshop on Mutual Mentoring

The Office for Faculty Development and Diversity hosted a workshop on mentoring for faculty. The workshop included a brief presentation by Mary Sorcinelli, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Lisa Scott, Assistant Professor at UMass Amherst. Dr. Sorcinelli described the UMass Mutual Mentoring program, which is funded in part by a $400,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation, and Lisa Scott described her personal experience with mutual mentoring.

2009: Workshop on Race & Ethnicity in Faculty Recruitment and Retention

The Office for Faculty Development and Diversity hosted William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, to kick off a day of workshops with the keynote address: “Race and Affirmative Opportunity in the Barack Obama Era.” Wilson’s keynote address introduced a day of workshops on race and ethnicity in faculty recruitment and retention. The workshops were designed for University academic leaders, participants on a faculty or senior leadership search committees, or members of the University community who are interested in the faculty diversity initiative.

2008: Workshop on Gender Bias

The Office for Faculty Development and Diversity hosted a search committee event to discuss issues associated with bias in the search committee process. All members of search committees, academic and administrative, were invited to attend this event. The Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble (CITE) was used to combine live theatre and audience participation to create a resource for education and training on a wide variety of workplace issues. The CITE presentation focused on gender bias.