Skip to content

Recognition and Celebrations

Insight Into Diversity: Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

The University of Rochester has received the 2021 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 INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

HEED award graphic


Presidential Stronger As One Diversity Awards

2024 Awardees

(L-R) President Sarah Mangelsdorf, Thomas Greenwood [Inclusive Workforce Award (Dept. of Pediatrics)], Dr. Jahaira Capellan [Change Maker Award], Dr. Saabirah Campo [Inclusive Workforce Award (Dept. of Pediatrics)], Dr. Caren Gellin [Inclusive Workforce Award (Dept. of Pediatrics)], Dr. Jill Halterman [Inclusive Workforce Award (Dept. of Pediatrics)], Elizabeth Davila (accepted on behalf of Natalie Johnson), Karen Rogers [Social Impact Award], Dr. Marvin Doyley [Advocacy and Action Award], and Dr. Adrienne Morgan at the 2024 Presidential Stronger As One Diversity Awards reception in Feldman Ballroom January 25, 2024. // photo by Matt Wittmeyer for the University of Rochester

Not pictured – Natalie Johnson [Bridge to Equity Award] and Mary Frances Winters [Empowering Equitable Change Award]

For more information on the 2024 awardees, click here.

2023 Awardees

From left: President Sarah Mangelsdorf, PhD; Rohsennase Dalton LaBarge (Change Maker Award); Kellie Miller (Bridge to Equity Award); Lyn Boyd-Bauer; Astrid Müller, PhD (Advocacy and Action Award); Information Systems Division (ISD) representatives Lori Gacioch, Michelle Venezia, and Fremel Backus; and Shaquana Divers (Social Impact Award)

Awardees not pictured: Martez Smith (Change Maker Award) and Lizette Pérez-Deisboeck, JD (Empowering Equitable Change Award)

2022 Awardees

From top left: Precious Bedell (Advocacy and Action Award); Jerald Drain (Bridge to Equity Award); David Paul, MD (Change Maker Award); and Department of Ophthalmology (Inclusive Workforce Award)

From bottom left: Carvin Eison (Individual Social Impact Award); ROC Freedom Riders representative Rashad Smith (Organization Social Impact Award); Lance Drummond, MBA (Empowering Equitable Change Award); and Frederick Jefferson, EdD (Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award)

2020 Awardees

University of Rochester President Sarah Mangelsdorf is posing with three Presidential Diversity Award recipients.

From left: President Sarah Mangelsdorf; Caroline Nestro ’18W (PhD), a senior associate in the Department of Psychiatry; Kit Miller, director of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence; and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Mercedes Ramírez Fernández. Nestro and Miller are the recipients of the 2020 Presidential Diversity Award.


Other Diversity Awards

Visiting Scholars Fund

This award seeks to attract visiting scholars who will contribute to the University’s Inclusive Community goals to provide excellence in research, teaching, and service.

School of Medicine and Dentistry: Faculty Diversity Award

Established in 2013, the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Faculty Diversity Award recognizes the exceptional contributions and accomplishments of medical school faculty to foster a diverse and inclusive medical school community.