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December 2008

Nikki Giovanni to Give Martin Luther King Jr. Address Poet, writer, educator, and activist Nikki Giovanni will deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Strong Auditorium. Giovanni's talk is free and open to the public. (Posted December 10, 2008)
New Blog Promotes Dialog around Diversity (Posted December 1, 2008)

November 2008

University rated best place to work for scientists (November 11, 2008)

University of Rochester Employees Graduate from the United Way’s Leadership Development Programs (Posted November 4, 2008)

November is Native American Month (Posted October 29,2008)

October 2008

Africa Video Series: Dirty Pretty Things Rush Rhees Library Gleason Library (October 29, 2008)

Women, Power & Politics, Lunch, Movie & Talk (October 29, 2008)

Black Students' Union and Office of Minority Student Affairs 40th Anniversary The Black Students Union and the programs of the Office of Minority Student Affairs, including the Higher Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP), are celebrating forty years as part of the College. Because the students these programs touch overlap in so many ways, we will celebrate these milestones together.
BSU/OMSA/HEOP: Each One Reach One Networking Reception Students and alumni are invited to jump-start the weekend with the newest craze to hit the business world—speed networking! A structured, fast-paced networking activity followed by a dessert reception insures maximum student and alumni interaction. Alumni are encouraged to bring business cards. No charge (Friday, October 17, 7:30–9 p.m. Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room)

BSU/OMSA/HEOP Recognition Lunch “If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants.” --Isaac Newton 1676 Alumni, parents, and students are welcome to a luncheon celebrating 40 years of community and academic opportunity. The program will feature former staff and students of the Office of Minority Student Affairs and the Black Students’ Union. $15;Children 8 and under are free (Saturday, October 18, 12:15-2 p.m. The Meliora Restaurant, Ballroom)

BSU/OMSA/HEOP: Old School/New School House Party Celebrate 40 years with a blast from the past and a taste of today as we kick off with an old school vibe and work our way to today's hits. What was your favorite jam? Requests will be taken! No charge (Saturday, October 18, 10 p.m.–1 a.m. Location TBD)
EVENT: Morgan Lecture Focuses on Racial Stigma and Ethnic Identity in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (October 16, 2008)

Free Screening of "For the Bible Tells Me So" presented by the Office of Human Resources- Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion, Pride Alliance and Pride Network at the University of Rochester, in association with the Gay Alliance of the Gennessee Valley. "Does God really condemn loving homosexual relationships? Is the chasm separating Christianity from gays and lesbians too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? These questions and more are answered in this award-winning documentary, which brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and biblical scripture- and reveals that religious anti-gay bias is based almost soley upon a misinterpretation of the Bible. One of the families featured in this film is the family of Mary Lou Wallner, after the suicide of her daughter in February of 1997, Ms. Wallner found herself faced with the spiritual journey to try to comprehend the events of their stormy mother daughter relationship and the implications of her refusal to accept Anna's homosexuality. She will share this journey with attendees and answer audience questions. (October 9, 2008)

September 2008

UR Institute Honors Two with Douglass Medals The University of Rochester and its Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies awarded Frederick Douglass medals Tuesday to two men for their work to ensure equal opportunity. (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, September 24)

Equal Rights Champions Honored during Inaugural Dinner David Kearns, retired CEO of Xerox Corp., and Walter Cooper, retired research scientist at Eastman Kodak Co., each received a Frederick Douglass Medal at a gala dinner Tuesday night at the Medical Center to honor their efforts to promote equal opportunities. View video tributes to both recipients. (Posted September 24, 2008)

Quick Takes: Free Tuition for Vets at Rochester Today, the University of Rochester plans to make such an announcement; its scholarship would accompany admission to the institution's undergraduate programs (and would fill the gap beyond other aid for which veterans are eligible). (InsideHigherEd, September 17)

Range of Events Planned for Hispanic Heritage MonthThe University is hosting a wide range of events for National Hispanic Heritage Month, which continues through Oct. 15. (Posted September 16, 2008)

University Honors Two Equal Rights Champions with Frederick Douglass Medal The University and the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies will award Frederick Douglass medals on Sept. 23 to two men who have continued the famed abolitionist's battle for equal opportunity: David Kearns, retired CEO of Xerox Corp., and Walter Cooper, retired research scientist at Eastman Kodak Co. (Posted September 16, 2008)

World Music Series Presents Traditional and New Music of Africa (September 10, 2008)

Music and Globalization Concert Features Renowned Chinese Composer Chen Yi (September 9, 2008)

Unfinished Business" Lecture Series Highlights Women's Leadership (September 8, 2008)

August 2008

Latino Professional Alliance General Meeting Wednesday August 6th, 12pm-1pm Medical Center, Natapow Conference Room The Latino Professional Alliance (LPA) will be holding an election for the position of Treasurer during its general meeting. This executive board position is open to all LPA members and University employees who are interested in joining LPA. For further details on this opportunity, please contact Raquel Garcia at (585) 275-1524. Membership is open to all University staff, faculty, and retirees. For more information about this affinity group, visit

June 2008

Nominate Faculty for Mentoring Awards
The School of Medicine and Dentistry is accepting nominations for its 2008 Academic Mentoring Awards, which recognizes the powerful force mentoring can play in the personal and professional development of our students and residents. This year three awards will be given to honor faculty who excel in this important endeavor: one for mentoring junior faculty, one for mentoring pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows, and one for mentoring residents and fellows. Awards will be presented at the School Convocation on Thursday, September 25. Nominations must be received by June 20 and should be directed to Richard I. Burton, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dean's Office, Box 706. For more information, please call 275-3030 or e-mail for a copy of the nominating form.
Kathy N. Waller, B.A. ’80, M.B.A. ’83, Awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award at the Simon School for Business Congratulations to Kathy N. Waller, B.A. ’80, M.B.A. ’83, vice president and chief of internal audit for The Coca-Cola Company! Kathy was presented with the Distinguished Alumna Award at the Simon School commencement ceremony on June 8, 2008, in the Eastman Theatre. A member of the University board of trustees, the Diversity Advisory Panel, and the Simon School Executive Advisory Committee, Kathy is also an active member of the University’s Multicultural Alumni Advisory Council, a past president of the University’s Atlanta Regional Alumni Council, and has hosted numerous events in Atlanta for the Simon School and the University. (Posted June 18, 2008)

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States (Posted June 3, 2008)

May 2008

President Issues Second Annual Report on Diversity The 2007–2008 academic year saw small, but measurable progress in the University of Rochester’s efforts to be a more diverse and welcoming community. While I am pleased with the progress so far, we still have far to go. To accelerate these efforts, I have asked Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity Lynne Davidson to work full time on diversity and inclusiveness issues beginning July 1, 2008. (May 2008)

‘Pillars of Hope’ offers support for city students According to the dictionary, “pillars” are either structures offering freestanding vertical support or individuals with central or great responsibility. But for one group of African-American professionals from across the University, both definitions apply. Once a month during the academic year, these “Pillars of Hope” meet with some 60 students at Rochester’s School No. 41 to offer educational support and an example of success for urban students. (Currents, May 12, 2008)

April 2008

'Across Borders Rochester' Launches Second Year Memorial Art Gallery director Grant Holcomb and Nazareth College Arts Center director Lindsay Reading Korth recently announced the return of "Across Borders Rochester," a community-wide initiative that explores contemporary Latin American and Latino art and culture. (Posted April 24, 2008)

University Hosts Forum with Faith Leaders The University is hosting a forum with leaders representing different faith communities to discuss “How People of Differing Faiths and across Differing Cultures Can Discuss Issues with Potential for Misunderstanding and Hurt.” The forum on Thursday, April 24, at the Interfaith Chapel from 7 to 8:30 p.m. follows controversial comments on Jewish identity posted by Arun Gandhi in the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog in January. (Posted April 21,2008)

Diversity survey reflects UR climate On Tuesday night, the College Diversity Roundtable released preliminary results on its campus climate assessment survey. The survey was meant to obtain an idea of UR undergraduates' experiences with and perceptions of diversity on campus. The school has not completed a climate survey since 1982, but that was significantly different from the one developed by the CDR committee this year. (Campus Times, April 17, 2008)
Asian Pacific American Heritage Family Day Memorial Art Gallery Sunday, April 20, 2008 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. All ages will enjoy this annual event, which features music and dance, storytelling, art activities and family tours of the collection. Sponsored by Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company, and the Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, with additional support from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust. Free admission. Pictured: Dancers from the India Community Center are among the cultural groups who will be on hand. Photo by Gary Graham. (Posted April 10, 2008)

Community Leadership Development Programs The Office of Human Resources Multicultural Affairs & Inclusion cordially invites all staff to attend an informational session on April 16th about Leadership Rochester and the United Way Developing Future Leaders Program. (Posted April 8, 2008)

March 2008

Office Helps University Staff Embrace Diversity When senior clinical nurse specialist Caroline Nestro looked out over the diverse crowd of employees from her department, she knew right away that this Psychiatry Grand Rounds was unlike any other. Held in honor of Martin Luther King, the January 16 gathering had attracted more than double the normal attendance and, more importantly, had drawn together a genuinely representative mix of the University community. (Currents, March 17, 2008)

Women's History Month

UR's Hand Should Extend Toward Minority Alumni (Campus Times Issue date March 6, 2008)

University of Rochester Students Demand More Faculty Diversity Students at the University of Rochester are demanding that university officials hire more faculty members from underrepresented groups, insisting that the administrators spend less time strategizing about diversity and make it a reality. (Diverse Online, March 4, 2008)

Eastman Hosts Fourth Annual Festival Celebrating Women's Achievements in Music (March 3, 2008)

February 2008

Approaches to Faculty Diversity Must be Reassessed (Campus Times Issue date February 28, 2008)

Administration Takes Action on Faculty Diversity (Campus Times Letter to the Editor Issue date February 28, 2008)

Specific Efforts at University Diversity Continue (Campus Times Letter to the Editor Issue date February 28, 2008)

Roundtable in Honor of Black History As part of an ongoing series of diversity discussions on campus, Douglas Guiffrida, associate professor at the Warner School, will lead a roundtable discussion, “The African-American Student Experience at Predominantly White Colleges,” on Wednesday, March 5, in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons. (Posted February 26, 2008)

University is Obligated to Renew Efforts at Diversity (Campus Times Issue date February 21, 2008)

Reception for TNT, Rochester’s African-American networking organization The University of Rochester, Office of Human Resources-Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion Department will sponsor a reception for members of TNT, interested members of the University community and interested members of the greater Rochester community. TNT (True Networking Thursdays) an African American professional networking group established in 1998. The purpose is to provide the African-American Community with opportunities for personal and professional awareness, development and interaction. TNT ultimately offers mutual benefits through networking that will strengthen our community. (Event February 21, 2008)

University and Latinas Unidas to Present Rally in March The University has teamed up with Latinas Unidas to become the prime sponsor of the organization’s annual ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! public education and empowerment rally next month and for years to come. The event, which historically has drawn upward of 300 Latina girls ages 7 to 17 from the Greater Rochester area, will take place Saturday, March 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hubbell Auditorium. (Posted February 7, 2008)
Jimmie Highsmith Jr.     
Black History Month Family Day at the Memorial Art Gallery, Sunday February 10, 2008 12pm to 5pm.All ages will enjoy this free family day, which includes a jazz performance by Jimmie Highsmith Jr.; hands-on art activities; docent-led tours of Wild by Design: 200 Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts; a performance from "Quilters" by Rochester Children's Theatre; and an art talk on a ritual mask from Sierra Leone, West Africa. Sponsored by Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company, and the Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation. Free admission.

Black History Month Events (Posted February 1, 2008)

January 2008

World Music Series Spotlights Traditional, Modern Japanese Music with Ensemble East (January 30, 2008)

Arun Gandhi Resigns from Board of Gandhi Institute Arun Gandhi yesterday offered his resignation as president of the board of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, which has been housed at the University of Rochester since June 2007, and the Institute's board today issued a statement respecting his resignation. (January 25, 2008)

Ruth Lawrence Wins Top Honor from Women's Council Ruth Lawrence, professor of pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology, was named the winner of the 22nd annual Athena Award at a special luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Thursday. (January 24, 2008)

Andrew Young to Deliver Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address Andrew Young, business leader and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver the University's Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. Young was a top aide to King during the inception of America's civil rights movement. His talk, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, in Strong Auditorium is free and open to the public. (January 21, 2008)

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