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Samekh Harris Reed [right] and Miles Perry chat
May 16, 2018
Meet seven students who are actively working to ensure Rochester maintains a climate of respect where everyone is free to learn, teach, and work. With support from their faculty and staff advisors, these students are striving to make the University ever better.Read More
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May 16, 2018
The Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academic has issued a preliminary report highlighting key issues and recommendations based on an in-depth review of University policies, procedures, and practices that contribute to a culture of gender equity or that pose obstacles to that goal. Read More
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April 10, 2018
In an effort to provide clarity and access to information about sexual misconduct reporting options and resources for support, the University has created new guides for students and faculty/staff that detail information for complainants, witnesses, and respondents. In addition, the University has created one-page flowcharts that outline resources and reporting options. All documents can be viewed online as PDFs and are available for download. The University is working to create more extensive, permanent versions ready for use this summer.Read More
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April 9, 2018
In March 2018, the Vision and Values Committee—composed of faculty, students, and staff—shared a draft statement that communicates the University’s shared goals and principles, including a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The committee received a great deal of feedback from the University community over the past several weeks and has created a revised statement, which will be discussed by the University’s Board of Trustees in April, and presented for approval in May.Read More
DeEtta Jones and Jerome Offord
April 9, 2018
President Richard Feldman recently announced that he has engaged the support of the consulting firm DeEtta Jones and Associates to help guide key elements of the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The agency’s principal and founder DeEtta Jones and associate Jerome Offord will visit Rochester in late April to meet with various campus and community constituents.Read More
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April 9, 2018
In the three months since former US attorney Mary Jo White released the results of her independent investigation, the University has made significant progress on each of the report’s specific recommendations and has also chosen to broaden its response to address a more comprehensive set of issues related to diversity, respect, and inclusion. In many cases the University’s response will go well beyond the recommendations made in the White Report. Read More
April 8, 2018
The Students’ Association Task Force to Review Sexual Misconduct Policy has issued recommendations for changes to the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. In addition, the report responds to recommendations in the report Mary Jo White report. The Students’ Association Task Force recommendations are being reviewed by President Richard Feldman, along with those on a range of important issues from the Faculty Senate and the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia. Read More
March 30, 2018
Kevin Beckford is the University of Rochester’s first senior director of staff diversity, equity, and inclusion, a newly created position. In this Q&A, Beckford shares thoughts about his new role, the opportunities and challenges ahead, and the best practices to ensure diversity and equity among the University’s employees. Read More