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December 2009

Report Assesses Faculty Diversity Initiative President Joel Seligman today released a report assessing the University’s progress in strengthening faculty diversity and inclusiveness since the creation of the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity in January 2007. The report is based on in-depth interviews conducted by former Deputy to the President and Vice Provost Lynne Davidson, University Intercessor Frederick Jefferson, and Senior Associate Provost Carol Shuherk with 94 faculty members in all schools and three town hall meetings. It details 14 recommendations to improve faculty retention and recruitment. “All of us are fully committed to the objective of achieving a campus that is diverse and inclusive, where all members of our community feel welcomed and supported, and where a commitment to diversity and academic excellence progress hand-in-hand,” says President Seligman. (Posted December 1, 2009)

November 2009

Grant Program Supports Faculty Development in Medical Education
The Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty Development—Medical Education announces a new pilot grant program to support faculty development in medical education at all levels. Faculty development grants are awards given to faculty (senior instructor through the associate professor levels). The project can address issues related to teaching, assessment, program development, or professional development. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, Nov. 16. For more information, e-mail Andria Mutrie or call 276-3782.

October 2009


African American Network Fall Festival Social Networking Event The African American Network (AAN) held its Fall Festival Social Networking meeting on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at the Mood Makers Bookstore in Village Gate Square. The event was open to faculty, staff, and students.  The primary activity was the formal introduction of the 2009- 2010 AAN Board Members.  From left to right they are:  Ean Swinton (Membership Chair), Michelle Perdue (Activities/Events Chair),   Cathy Thomas (Co-Chair) and Thomas Crews (Co-Chair).

Mentoring for Success Presented by: James Kahn, M.D. Professor, Department of Medicine University of California, San Francisco. Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:00-1:00 pm Helen Wood Hall Auditorium, 1W-304 R.S.V.P. by Monday, October 12 Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend! This lecture is jointly sponsored by The University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute and The University of Rochester Developmental Center for AIDS Research. (Posted September 3, 2009)

Photo credit: Jon Chase/Harvard New Office © 2000 President and Fellows of Harvard College.

William Julius Wilson will give a keynote address titled "Race and Affirmative Opportunity in the Barack Obama Era." at the Interfaith Chapel Sanctuary Friday, October 2, 2009 starting at 9:00 am. Professor Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is a recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor awarded in the United States. A MacArthur Prize Fellow from 1987 to 1992, Wilson has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Education, the Institute of Medicine, and the British Academy. He is the author of several award-winning books, including The Declining Signficance of Race (1978), The Truly Disadvantaged (1987), and When Work Disappears (1996). His most recent book is More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (2009).This keynote address is open to the University community. It introduces a day of workshops on race and ethnicity in faculty recruitment and retention, which is designed for University academic leaders. The program is sponsored by the University Office for Faculty Development and Diversity. For more information, please call (585) 273-2760

Vivian Lewis to Lead University’s Diversity Efforts Beginning Oct. 1 and for the balance of the academic year, Vivian Lewis will serve as acting deputy to the president and acting vice provost for faculty development and diversity. Lynne Davidson will step down from the post Oct. 1. President Seligman thanked Davidson for the “magnificent job” she has done, saying “she has been pivotal in chairing our 2006 Task Force on Faculty Diversity and Inclusiveness and in implementing its 31 recommendations. I look forward to Vivian’s contributions to further strengthen diversity initiatives at the University.” (Posted October 1, 2009)

September 2009

New Presidential Diversity Award Announced To highlight exemplary contributions to the University's diversity and inclusion efforts, President Joel Seligman has announced the creation of the Presidential Diversity Awards. "There are many people who have helped foster an environment of inclusion at the University," President Seligman says. "These awards are intended to reward them for their outstanding contributions." The awards will recognize faculty, staff, students, units, departments, or teams who have demonstrated leadership in recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives that promote diversity or inclusion. The nomination deadline is Nov. 16. (Posted September 29, 2009)

Latino Cultural Fair, Flaum Atrium Medical Center, Tuesday, September 29, 2009 12:00 pm to 2:00 pmThe 3rd annual event is presented by the Latino Professional Alliance at the University of Rochester. Check back for details.For information about the University's affinity group, visit (Posted September 24, 2009)

Leadership and Diversity Center Expands its Reach With the addition of the humanities and social sciences, the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, will now assist an increased number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority students. (Posted September 24, 2009)

Researching Women's Environmental Health Workshop Class of '62 Auditorium School of Medicine and Dentristry Wednesday, September 16, 2009 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Geared toward healthcare providers, researchers and community leaders focuses on new findings related to how the environment impacts women's health. Within this framework, the goal is to learn how researchers and other stakeholders can better communicate relevant health information to broad audiences. In the morning session, which is open to everyone, speakers will present new results in the areas of bone health, cognition and aging, and breast cancer. After lunch, small breakout groups will meet for in depth discussions about women's environmental health and the challenges of communicating scientific research.

Registration is free for all who would like to attend. Box lunch will be available for $10. To register and to sign up for lunch, please contact Rebecca Rowley (; 585-275-9182). For those who would like to stay and participate in the afternoon discussion groups, there are a limited number of spots available.

Please contact Dr. Emily Barrett or (585) 275-9187. If you are interested in participating in the afternoon session or would like more information. More information is available on our website:

Sponsored by the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Community and Preventive Medicine.

August 2009

August 31, 2009. Wilson Day is a day of community engagement for new and incoming students during orientation. This year we will have 850 students going to 40 different agencies throughout the city! Kick-off began at 9 a.m. in the Palestra, Georgen Athletic Center. Sponsored by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership and the Dean of Students Office. For more details, visit

July 2009


Latino Professional Alliance (LPA) at the University of Rochester walked in the Rochester Puerto Rican Parade on Saturday, July 25. Eighteen walkers representing the University of Rochester, including employees, friends, and family, walked in the Puerto Rican Parade in July 2009. The group’s participation was organized by the Latino Professional Alliance, an affinity group at the University. Volunteer employees represented various units and departments from across the University. “It was an honor to be a part of it and I can’t wait until next year,” said Natasha Garcia, Lab Clinical Support Tech, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Office contributed t-shirts, lanyards, and drawstring bags that were handed to parade-goers along the route and the Office of Human Resources Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion supported the walk with a banner and supplies. The University's mascot Rocky also joined in the parade walk.

The University's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has launched theRochester Black Freedom Struggle Oral History Project. The library has recorded and will soon make available online interviews with more than 20 key players from Rochester's fight against racial discrimination during the 1960s and 1970s. (Posted July 16, 2009)

June 2009

Looking for Parade Walkers Join the Latino Professional Alliance (LPA) at the University of Rochester as we walk in the Rochester Puerto Rican Parade on Saturday, July 25 at noon. The procession will be preceded by a proclamation ceremony at 11:30 a.m., with Mayor Robert Duffy, who is getting into the spirit of day by wearing a men’s traditional Guayabera shirt. The parade will trek down Main Street; take a right on Plymouth Ave., and left on Morris Silver Way; and end at Frontier Field, the site of the Puerto Rican Festival. For more information about the parade please check out: Please sign up by Friday, July 10 at noon. Contact Jeanette Colby at or (585) 276-3521. (Posted June 18, 2009)

Pillars Program Students Enjoy Eventful Last Day The students who participated in the Pillars of Hope program received a life changing treat during their last meeting of the school year.  They visited the Memorial Art Gallery and received a gift of books for their classroom. (Posted June 8, 2009)

Asian Pacific

May 2009

Asian Pacific American Heritage Family Day Sunday, May 31 noon to 5 p.m. Memorial Art Gallery Don't miss the popular event that includes traditional dance performances from China, India, Korea and the Phillippines, family art activities and more. Countries represented at this year's event include China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Sponsored by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; and the Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation. Free admission. Schedule of events

Pictured: Bharata School of Indian Dance will be back this year. Photo by Gary Graham.

Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) Annual Senior Dinner: The OMSA Senior Dinner is a celebration honoring the successes and accomplishments of the graduating seniors in the Class of 2009 who are affiliated with the Office of Minority Student Affairs.  UR Alumnus Paul Patrick, MD, will be the Keynote Speaker at the event. (Saturday, May 16, 2009 )

Managers Recognized for Supporting Diversity A luncheon was held Wednesday, April 15, to honor managers who supported employees that participated in the United Way’s African-American and Latino Leadership Development Programs. “As we continue to struggle in this economy, this kind of support to the staff is important to carry on,” says Stan Byrd, human resources manager, multicultural affairs and inclusion. (Posted May 12, 2009)

The Third Annual Report on Diversity
In his third annual diversity report, President Seligman says the University is making "continued progress" in efforts to be a more diverse and welcoming community. "Our task as a University is to welcome all to join our community based on their talents. This task is not a simple one and there will be setbacks and challenges along the way. But I am convinced that progress in achieving greater diversity is vital to our success as a great research University," Seligman says. (Posted May 11, 2009)

April 2009

 When World's Collide: ASL Comedian Keith Wann Sunday, April 26, 2009 Keith Wann gives a hilarious performance as he tells the story of his childhood growing up with Deaf parents and living in both the hearing and Deaf worlds.

Gender & Women's Studies Graduate Research Conference April 17, 2009 Rush Rhees Library Hawkins-Carlson Room Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Film Screening: The Muslims I Know Thursday, April 16, 2009 Hutchison Hall Hubble Auditorium Starts at 7:00 pm Attend a screening of The Muslims I Know with comments by the film's director Mara Ahmed.

Latino Professional Alliance General Meeting Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Louise Slaughter Room 1-9555 Medical Center 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

March 2009

douglass and lincoln

Talk on Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln Harvard scholar and author John Stauffer gives a talk on "Douglass and Lincoln: From Dred Scott to Obama." Friday, March 6 at 4:30 p.m. Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

Women in Music Festival Features Numerous Community Events Running from Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27, the festival at the Eastman School celebrates the achievements and contributions of women in all aspects of music, including composition, performance, teaching, and scholarship. (Posted March 5, 2009)

February 2009

Faculty Diversity Initiative Town Hall Meeting Planned February 25, Northeastern Room (1–9525), Medical Center, 3 to 4 p.m.This is your chance to ask questions about the University’s Faculty Diversity Initiative and to offer suggestions to those responsible for administering the program. Provost Ralph Kuncl will facilitate the discussion.

Black History Month Family Day February 15th 12pm-5pm Memorial Art Gallery

Diversity Book Reading Group Marks Anniversary The Office of Human Resources-Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion has completed its one-year pilot of a diversity reading group. The Group’s goal is to provide opportunities to explore and discuss diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, life-style and other dimensions of diversity in order to increase our understanding and enhance our inclusive behaviors at work and in our personal lives. (Posted February 4, 2009)

Myra Greene

African-American Network Art Display featuring Luvon Sheppard February 11th 11am-3pm Medical Center, Flaum Atrium
Sponsored by the African-American Network affinity group
(posted February 2,2009)

Lecture Tuesday February 10, 4pm: "A Profile of Francis Lewis Cardozo 1836-1903: Statesman, Educator, Trailblazer, and One of America's First Black Civil Rights Leaders" Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library (posted February 2, 2009)

Faculty Diversity Initiative Town Hall Meeting Planned February 3rd., Schlegel Hall 107, 3 to 4 p.m. This is your chance to ask questions about the University’s Faculty Diversity Initiative and to offer suggestions to those responsible for administering the program. Provost Ralph Kuncl will facilitate the discussion.

Black History Month

January 2009

Article Provokes MSAB Town Hall MSAB discusses content of an article in Messenger Magazine (Campus Times, January 29, 2009)

Black Students' Union Step-Off, January 31 Strong Auditorium Saturday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm The competition will feature private, public college and university step teams as well as high school teams as they compete in the 6th annual event. Tickets can be purchased at the Common Market. For more information, contact the Common Connection at (585) 265-5911

Mid-Career Faculty Development Workshop, January 26 Faculty members from all disciplines are invited to register for a half-day leadership development workshop on Jan. 26. Get more information and view a printable registration form online. Register by Jan. 12 through the Office of Continuing Professional Education, 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 677, Rochester NY 14642-8677, or call 275-4392 for more details. 


Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address, January 23 Strong Auditorium, Starts at 6:30 pm Nikki Giovanni will deliver the address. Giovanni is a poet, writer, commentator, and activist. She published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling Black Talk, in 1968 and was given the name "Princess of Black Poetry" early in her writing career. Giovanni has written more than thirty books in three decades and was named a "Living Legend," by O, The Oprah Magazine. She currently serves as a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech University. For more information, call (585) 275-1402.

Martin Luther King Day Community Worship Celebration, January 19 Eastman School Theatre (ET) 9:00 am to 10:30 am For more information on the event, visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Greater Rochester Commission.

Photograph Exhibit: Faced with Dependency, January 16 Baobab Cultural Center, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Faced with Dependency: A depiction of the maize crisis in Malawi, Africa, juxtaposed by portraits of those affected. Exhibit of photographs by Joseph Lanning and Deste Relyea. The majority of the images displayed are taken from a village named Gowa in the Ntcheu District of Malawi, Africa, and Gow's surrounding area. The village lies in the southermost region of the Great Rift Valley, which extends from southwest Asia through the heart of Malawi. Lanning is associate director of college enrollment, adjunct instructor in Anthropology and director of the Malawi Immersion Seminar at the University of Rochester. Deste '07 is currently a research associate in pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. An evening of refreshments and a silent auction at the exhibit's reception from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, January 16. 50% of the the profits will benefit the Malawi Immersion Seminar Scholarship. Baobab Cultural Center is located at 728 University Ave., Rochester. Visit for more information.  

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, January 15 Whipple Auditorium 2-6424, Medical Center Starts at 11:30 am "Living the Dream" Celebrate with City Councilwoman Lovely Warren, this year's keynote speaker. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (585) 244-0830. This celebration is sponsored by 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, and Strong Memorial Hospital Administration.


(En) Gendered: Identity, Gender & Art Rush Rhees Library Gallery at the Art & Music Library Wednesday, January 14, 2009 through February 8: This annual juried show features art from undergraduates. Gallery Hours: 9 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and noon to 10 p.m., Sunday. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For information, contact the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies at (585) 275-8318.