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I am writing to respond to the thoughtful and informative Preliminary Report of the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia released in May, 2018. The Commission’s report, along with follow-up discussions with members of the Commission, with the University Diversity and Equity Council (UDEC), and with the President’s Cabinet demonstrate the deep level of shared commitment on our campus to identifying and addressing issues of inequity; to improving our programs, services, and outcomes; and to creating and sustaining a welcoming and supportive community for all. I’m deeply grateful for the Commission’s efforts to date and look forward to continuing to work together to achieve these goals. As the report makes clear, these are necessarily ongoing efforts that require all of us to work intentionally and diligently toward the realization of our goals.
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.
Chloe Corcoran talks with AnneMarie Cucci
When Chloe Corcoran ’04 decided to live openly as a trans woman, she vowed that she would return the kindness and support she received by being a voice for the University and giving back to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. In a recent interview, Corcoran talks about her personal journey and her efforts to inspire and inform through her PhD work at the Warner School and in her new role as associate director for identity-based programming in Alumni Relations.
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.

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