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Staff Diversity

Staff make up the largest and most diverse group in the University. There are many efforts underway to attract and retain diverse staff at all levels.

Career Counseling

The Office of Human Resources offers general career counseling to employees on a one-on-one basis. There also is a Career Guide employees can use as a self-service career reference.

Recruitment and Job Openings

Staff: Recruitment resources

Links to professional associations and other national resources focused on workplace diversity.

Staff: Careers at the University

The Office of Human Resources provides job listings at all levels of the University.

Community Profile: Rochester, N.Y.

Find out more about why Rochester is such a great place to live and work.


Diversity, inclusion, and equity education and training are an essential part of building awareness and a cohesive work environment and are offered several times throughout the calendar year. These skill-building opportunities are designed to inspire sensitivity and increase awareness. In addition, they are utilized to inform the community about Affirmative Action and Compliance practices at the University.

Diversity Learning Series

A new required online learning series for faculty and staff will focus on implicit bias as well as harassment and discrimination. The series is part of a wide-spread effort to affirm a strong commitment to be an inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and responsive organization at every level. Learn more about the series and find additional resources.

Cultural Humility

Defined as a lifelong process of self-reflection and critique, cultural humility is a philosophy that empowers individuals to effectively engage in interpersonal relationships that are dynamically diverse and mutually respectful even when challenging. Cultural humility provides a framework for individuals to increase their understanding of the significant funds of knowledge that exists within each person’s cultural backgrounds and identities. Unlike cultural competence, cultural humility is an ongoing process in which individuals expand their capacity for learning, listening, and understanding, regardless of the length of time they have spent relating to cultures other than their own. By deepening their cultural humility, individuals are then able to recognize and actively deconstruct existing power imbalances within their immediate social and organizational structures and rebuild structures in which cultural humility is practiced and modeled. To learn more, please contact Kristin Hocker.


Implicit Bias/Micro-Aggression

Through experiential learning, participants will explore how unconscious bias, a natural part of the human experience, impacts their decision making within the workplace. Participants will be exposed to the concept of unconscious bias and how it may impact their own interpretations of information and the ways in which they individually see the world. Participants will discover ways that they can approach and reduce the impact of their own implicit biases—which results into micro-aggressions. This training is lead by the UR Implicit Bias Team featuring staff and faculty volunteers at the university.

Racial Equity Learning Series

Belief systems, which inform policy and law, can contribute to and perpetuate injustice. This injustice rests on unconscious and conscious beliefs about who matters in society and who does not. In order to make right what is inherently wrong, collective action is required. This learning module is based on the work of the Applied Research Center, a thirty-year-old racial justice think tank that uses media, research and activism to promote solutions. This module provides examples of how injustice is perpetuated through the media and court systems. By working with art, film clips and other activities participants will learn the importance of framing an issue with a racial equity lens and practice it. Sixty minute sessions will be facilitated by School of Nursing Diversity & Inclusion Council members and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity: Jonathan Wetherbee, Rebecca Tucker, Yvette Conyers and Ashley Campbell. Learn more about the Racial Equity Learning Series.


Safe Space

The Safe Space program addresses ways to reduce homophobia and heterosexism to make our institution a safer and freer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The program consists of three classes: Safe Space Part I: Foundations of Being an Ally, Safe Space Part II: Inclusive Practices for Allies, and a new course entitled Trans 101: which focuses specifically on identifying inclusive practices that are necessary for supporting transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. All Safe Space classes are conducted by University staff and faculty who are trained Safe Space facilitators.

University Resource Groups

Open to all University of Rochester faculty, staff, and retirees, these groups serve as a resource to provide mentoring and professional development opportunities as well as ways to engage with University and community leaders. Resource Groups play a significant role in talent acquisition, retention, talent development, and community engagement.