ANNUAL REPORT ON DIVERSITY
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ♦ SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE ♦ BIAS RELATED INCIDENTS
In the past year the University of Rochester has taken a number of important steps to expand on our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. As such, this annual Diversity and Inclusion Report has a broader focus than in previous years.
The eleventh annual diversity report builds on the work of the 2016 Commission on Race and Diversity and the work of the Presidential Diversity Council, identifying points of change and progress that are helping to ensure that our institution is one where everyone feels welcomed, valued, and respected every day.
In his 10th annual diversity report, University President and CEO Joel Seligman says the commitment to making the University welcoming and inclusive is a never-ending one.
In his ninth annual diversity report, President Joel Seligman says the University is making “continued progress” in efforts to be a more diverse and welcoming community. The 2014–2015 academic year saw small, but measurable progress, including an increase in the proportion of faculty and staff who are women or who identify themselves as members of an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority group. This is valuable progress, but our work is not done.
In his eighth annual diversity report, President Joel Seligman discusses progress in the University’s diversity initiatives, including an increase in the proportion of faculty and staff who are women or who identify themselves as members of an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority group, and the diversity strategic plan for the next five years.
In his seventh annual diversity report, President Joel Seligman says that “We have made great progress, but the University still has far to go to achieve our full aspirations as a diverse and inclusive community.”
In his sixth annual diversity report, President Joel Seligman says that “We continue to make incremental progress in our diversity initiatives. In the last six years we have learned a great deal. We’ve made great progress in creating conversations that will help create as welcoming, inclusive, and diverse a community as possible.”
In his fifth annual diversity report, President Joel Seligman says “Our task as a University is to welcome all to join our community based on their talents. I am convinced that progress in achieving greater diversity is vital to our success as a great research University. I am gratified to be associated with a University where a commitment to diversity is consistently reflected in the decisions of our Board and our senior leadership.”
In his fourth annual diversity report, President Seligman says that although the University numbers “last year remained relatively static during an economic recession, if I’ve learned one thing about diversity more than anything else, it is that numbers are at most a starting point. What matters is the story behind the numbers, the dynamic, the integrity of the effort, the commitment to progress, and in that sense we’re starting to move in the right direction.”
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.
The 2007–2008 academic year saw small, but measurable progress in the University of Rochester’s efforts to be a more diverse and welcoming community. While I am pleased with the progress so far, we still have far to go. To accelerate these efforts, I have asked Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity Lynne Davidson to work full time on diversity and inclusiveness issues beginning July 1, 2008.
I am delighted to provide the University of Rochester community the First Annual Report on Diversity. During the 2006-07 academic year, the University of Rochester began a new faculty diversity initiative and continued to make progress on an existing staff diversity program and various school-based efforts to increase the diversity of our student population. Because the faculty effort is the newest element of the University’s overall diversity and inclusion program, this report focuses primarily on that component.
The University is committed to providing a safe environment to work, learn, live, and socialize together without fear of sexual assault, harassment, or discrimination. The purpose of this report, released publicly for the first time, is to educate the University community about what the University does to prevent sexual misconduct and how the University detects and responds to reports of it. The Title IX Office is a resource for all members of the University community; however, this report primarily focuses on students’ experiences with the office.
This is the College’s first public report on bias-related incidents since a reporting system launched in 2016. It covers two academic years: 2016–2017 and 2017–2018; moving forward, the College will provide annual reports on the status of bias-related incidents on campus.