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Build and Embrace Community

As an anchor for the city of Rochester and a global center for education, research, health care, innovation, and economic development, the University of Rochester will foster connections and develop an environment that welcomes, encourages, and supports a diverse community and that strengthens and promotes our contributions to positively impact the city of Rochester, the Finger Lakes region, the state, the nation, and the world and will devote resources and infrastructure to that end.

The working group has conducted an overview of our current position regarding community to include: persons, organizations, and institutions within the University; in Rochester and the surrounding region; and in New York State, the nation, and the world. We have focused on several core strategies and projects that we are considering as we refine our recommendations to University leadership. These include

  • Accelerate efforts to implement the recommendations of the President’s Commission on Race and Diversity. In particular, establish pathways and support for entry-level workers to obtain education and opportunities for advancement, especially for those who come from our more disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities.
  • Enhance the visibility and coordination of community-based scholarship and research.
  • Create a more welcoming environment for faculty, staff, and students who come from diverse backgrounds in the US and around the world.
  • Continue the work of transforming East High School, extending the program to Pre-K through 5 by partnering with a neighborhood elementary school and developing a sustainable model for successful urban education.
  • Actively engage with and support the region’s antipoverty effort (RMAPI) and especially the targeted efforts focused on the EMMA, Beechwood, and Marketview Heights neighborhoods through the Connected Communities initiative.
  • Strengthen the University’s presence in downtown Rochester, focusing on existing opportunities to include Sibley, Block F, and the Memorial Art Gallery.
  • Play a leadership role in the region’s economic development efforts.
  • Establish technology commercialization and the growth of companies and jobs in the region as a priority for the University with a focus on enhancing the role and visibility of existing University assets, High Tech Rochester, and Excell Partners.
  • Enhance the availability of data and analytics that reflect our activities in all of the communities we engage with to include local, state, national, and global settings.
  • Proactively work to improve our ranking as a global university.
  • Enhance our reputation as a community-engaged institution.


Peter Robinson, Chair (URMC)
Jane Gatewood (Office of the Provost/Global Engagement)
Duncan Moore (AS&E/Simon/Ain Center)
Vivian Lewis (URMC/Office of the Provost/Office of the President)
Maggie Kearney (SON/University Dean of Graduate Studies)
Paul Burgett (Office of the President)
Jeff Runner (AS&E)
Steve Uebbing (Warner)
Julia Maddox (iZone – Libraries)
Harriet Kitzman (SON)
Petar Kodzas (Eastman)
Nancy Bennett (URMC)
Tony Kinslow (HR)
Sheree Toth (AS&E)
Katrina Korfmacher (URMC)
Paul Lanzone (Advancement)
Janice Holland (HR)

Invited Participants

Eli Eliav (Eastman Institute for Oral Health)
Glenn Cerosaletti (AS&E)
Joe Testani (AS&E)
Colleen McCarthy (URMC)

Staff to the Working Group

Josh Farrelman (URMC)
Mark Michaud (URMC)

Liaisons to the Working Group

Advancement: Paul Lanzone, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations
Communications: Scott Clyde, Executive Director, College Enrollment
Financial Sustainability: Mike Andrews, Senior Associate Vice President Budgets & Planning and Deputy to CFO