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  • March 31, 2017

    Diversity Conference 2017

    "When was the first time in your life that you were aware of, or noticed, race?" Keynote speaker Shakti Butler posed this query at this year's Diversity Conference on March 31. During her speech, “Irresistible Justice: ... more

  • March 30, 2017

    Strong earns ‘Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality’ designation

    Strong Memorial Hospital earned a perfect score on the annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The survey evaluates inclusive policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors, and health care employees.

  • March 29, 2017

    Diversity conference speaker Shatki Butler grew up in a black world, and a white one

    The filmmaker and educator looks forward to a day when she can avoid thinking about race. “A look, a comment. You don’t know what someone means, and racial anxiety sets in. Every day, I think about ... more

  • March 20, 2017

    What it means to {codelikeagirl}

    In 2010 the computer science department’s graduating class of 20 students included only one woman. This year, the expected graduating class of 119 students will be 34 percent female—double the national average.

  • February 3, 2017

    W. Kamau Bell appearance highlights ‘Color Cannot Divide Us Week’

    The comedian and CNN host tops a week of events sponsored by the University’s 'We’re Better Than That' anti-racism campaign and the Student Programming Board.

  • January 26, 2017

    Far from home, welcoming a new year

    This year, the Lunar New Year begins on January 28. The holiday can be bittersweet for some Chinese students away from home. Joy Bian '17 shares memories of her family's traditions.

  • January 13, 2017

    Events celebrate legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Events across the University mark Monday's MLK celebrations, and renowned author, educator, and activist Joy DeGruy will deliver the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, January 27.

  • December 20, 2016

    Presidential Diversity Council holds first meeting

    At this initial meeting, Seligman laid out ambitious plans for the council, including assessments and ongoing programming anticipated for faculty, students, and staff. As its initial act, the PDC voted unanimously to have Martin Luther King, ... more

  • November 18, 2016

    Installation shows ‘beauty in inclusivity’

    On Display, a “deconstructed art exhibit,” explores the diversity of the human form. The piece been performed around the world and had its Rochester premiere at the Memorial Art Gallery in October. A December performance is ... more

  • September 21, 2016

    Federal grants recognize University’s programs for underserved students

    Two National Science Foundation grants expand the reach of programs that engage underrepresented minority, low-income, and first-generation students in science and engineering.


Student Protest Demands

In November, 150 students held a protest to demand improvements in campus diversity and a stronger stance against racism.

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Student Protest

Did you know?

  • OMSA provides counseling, disseminates information, initiates programs, and acts as a liaison with other departments of the university to enhance the environment in which minority students live and learn.

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  • In aggregate, underrepresented minority enrollment has grown at the University from 7.6 to 9.6 percent between fall 2006 and fall 2014.

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  • Past MLK Commemorative Address speakers have included Martin Luther King III, Jesse Jackson, and Melissa Harris-Perry.

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