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For University employees who are age 40 and younger to be valued and integrated into all aspects and levels of development of the University of Rochester.

Mission Statement

  • To support the growth and development of University employees who are age 40 and younger  
  • To establish representation within the University community that will foster and strengthen workplace effectiveness and leadership abilities; enhance professional development; and promote career growth and success within the University
  • Strengthen the relationship of the UR and the Rochester community through community-based initiatives

General Membership

Membership in the Young Leaders at UR is open to all staff and faculty of the University of Rochester.  Events and programming target those that are 40 years old or younger. Workforce members can register themselves as members of the Young Leaders at UR by contacting the Secretary via e-mail or hardcopy mail, with the choice of being anonymous members, or known members. No prospective membership shall be refused membership based on their sex, gender, religion, age, race, or creed. All general members will have the opportunity to hold office and serve on committees, receive resource materials, and attend Young Leaders at UR special events.

    Strategic Intent

    • Connect staff and faculty age 40 and younger across the entire University footprint to build community.

    • Increase the visibility of leadership initiatives lead by staff and faculty age 40 and younger within the University community.

    • Serve as role models to the University of Rochester community and the Greater Rochester area by supporting the mission of the University through innovative relationships with organizations throughout our institution and the community.


    1. Create opportunities for young leaders within the university to interact
    2. Network and collaborate with local young professional groups
    3. Create opportunities for young leaders to interact with leaders in the community
    4. Assist in bringing/creating quality programming and university-wide professional development events for the University of Rochester community
    5. Increase membership and membership involvement (i.e. volunteers for committees, events,  and meetings).

    Executive Board

    The Young Leaders at UR is administered and facilitated by an Executive Board, consisting of:

    • Executive Champion    
    • Co-Chairs
    • Board Members


    1.    Responsible for overall operations and strategic development of the organization.
    2.    Facilitation of Executive Board and general membership meetings, ultimate collation of meeting agenda and reporting mechanisms.
    3.    Act as liaison to the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion, the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity, and with the University community as a whole.

    Board Members Roles

    Community Service
    1.    To increase awareness of the Young Leaders at UR through various University and community based programs
    2.    To be liaison to the community on all Young Leaders at UR initiatives
    3.    To support and create opportunities for Young Leaders at UR in the community

    Professional Development
    1.    To support and create profession development opportunities for Young Leaders at UR within the University community
    2.    To support and create a leadership series
    3.    To increase awareness of professional development based programs or professional development opportunities

    1.    To communicate the positions of the Young Leaders at UR by the use of public contacts, potential newsletter activity, and diversity awareness activities
    2.    To communicate closely with the Chairpersons on information obtained and established
    3.    To maintain social networking sites (ie. facebook)
    4.    To communicate with the web manager to keep web pages up-to-date.

    1.    To maintain member relations, help grow the membership, and maintain accurate membership, activity and policy records
    2.    To maintain the membership list and work closely with the Secretary to control the release of information in a timely manner
    3.    To assist in the recruitment of volunteer and community services
    4.    Duties not limited to above

    Executive Champion
    1.    Be a pillar of support for the Young Leaders at UR
    2.    Provide Executive review for problem resolution (as appropriate)
    3.    Serve as an advocate for Young Leaders at UR
    4.    Interface with employees and employee Affinity group leadership


    General membership meetings will be held at a minimum of two meetings per year. The location and time may differ, depending on availability of conference space and general consensus on meeting times. The Executive Board may call executive meetings as needed and limit attendance to itself and to those individuals it chooses to invite. Communication on the meeting venue and agenda items shall originate with the Secretary and be sent electronically to the appropriate e-mail distribution list. Special consideration shall be provided for anyone who does not have access to e-mail. Any general member can submit agenda items through the Secretary to be included in the mailing prior to the next meeting. Meetings shall be facilitated by the Chair and or Vice-Chair, Guest Speakers, or other Committee members. Minutes will be taken by the Secretary or a designee. Executive Board will hold bi-monthly meetings.


    Revisions and amendments to these bylaws may be made by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board. Copies of the proposed amendment shall be sent to each board member along with the notice of the meeting at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting date. If an action under a proposed amendment would be greater in scope than the proposed amendment of which the Board received notice, it may not be acted upon at such a meeting, and a new meeting must be called for this purpose. An affirmative vote of two-thirds of the board members present and voting shall be necessary to adopt any amendment or modification to these bylaws. Once changes have been adopted they can be found on the Young Leaders at UR website.


    The Young Leaders at UR may be dissolved by an affirmative vote of seventy-five percent (75%) of the membership, with the option to be reestablished under the same guidelines or modified if necessary at any given time.