OUR Rochester


We're very excited to share with you OUR Rochester, featuring multicultural news and updates from the University of Rochester, in a more dynamic and engaging format. This brings you the same great content you've come to expect from the e-newsletter edition, but with multimedia capability, social media sharing functionality, and 24/7 access. We look forward to continuing to support the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and are thrilled to have a new forum to help keep you connected with your fellow alumni. Meliora!

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East High School student credits partnership with U of R for helping him graduate

Jun 27, 2019

VIEW VIDEO ROCHESTER, NY (WHAM) -- Graduation now less than 24 hours away for Maurice Coney, III. “This is exciting. Can’t believe this," he says. Opening his cap and gown makes it feel real. “Can’t believe this," he says. "Four years, I’ve been waiting for this moment.” The senior at East High School will receive his high school…  read more 

Gateways Music Festival 2019

Jun 19, 2019

The six-day Gateways Music Festival, held in Rochester, NY, is a collaboration with the Eastman School of Music, houses of worship and the local community.  The Festival celebrates the participation and contributions of classically-trained musicians of African descent through more than 50 solo, chamber and orchestra performances in the Eastman…  read more 

Celebrating Stonewall's 50th Anniversary in NYC

Jun 4, 2019

On June 2, 2019, Rochester alumnx met from different regions in New York City for a brunch and panel discussion, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. In this discussion, panelists covered the history of the University of Rochester with the LGBTQ community, as well as the current the climate, resources, and…  read more 

Mercedes Ramírez Fernández. (Virginia Tech photo)

Headlines and Happenings: June 2019

Jun 1, 2019

Headlines Catch up on some featured articles that you may have missed last month! University Appoints First Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Mercedes Ramírez Fernández, associate vice provost for strategic affairs and diversity at Virginia Tech, will join the University on July 1 as Rochester’s first vice president for…  read more 

University Appoints First Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

May 28, 2019

Mercedes Ramírez Fernández, associate vice provost for strategic affairs and diversity at Virginia Tech, will join the University on July 1 as Rochester’s first vice president for equity and inclusion.  University President Richard Feldman announced Fernández’s appointment, which follows a national search that…  read more 

Celebrating Pride Month in NYC

May 21, 2019

You’re invited to join members of the LGBTQ community, allies, and fellow alumni to recognize and celebrate LGBTQ identities as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan.Over brunch, a distinguished panel of faculty, staff, and alumni will lead a meaningful conversation filled with reflection on the…  read more 

Gift Honors Paul Burgett’s Legacy

May 15, 2019

Anonymous Gift Establishes Eastman School of Music’s First-Ever Distinguished Professorship A recent gift from two University of Rochester alumni establishes the Paul J. Burgett Distinguished Professorship at the Eastman School of Music. This endowed fund honors the legacy of Paul Burgett ’68E, ’72E (MA), ’76E (PhD), one of the…  read more 

Ready to Mentor 'Students like Myself'

May 3, 2019

Kharimat Alatise has known since middle school that she would attend college, but she never dreamed of the world awaiting after graduation. “My parents came to America from Nigeria when my mother was pregnant with me,” the biomedical engineering major says. “No one in my family had ever gone to college, but my parents instilled in…  read more 

Higher education is often thought of as the place where students expand their minds and prepare themselves for their lives and careers. That often means freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech. For some, the tenets of the First Amendment are sacrosanct. Others consider free speech at its strongest when we protect more marginalized and vulnerable voices. Dean of students Matt Burns and political science professor David Primo shed light on this growing debate. (Getty Images photo)

Headlines & Happenings: May 2019

May 1, 2019

Headlines Catch up on some featured articles that you may have missed last month! Free speech and trigger warnings Matthew Burns, dean of students in the College, and David Primo, the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and an associate professor of political science and business administration, discuss the First Amendment and its role in higher…  read more 

Rochester students to receive Davis Projects for Peace grants

Apr 12, 2019

Four University of Rochester students will lead two projects abroad this summer after receiving grants from Davis Projects for Peace, a national program in which college students design and implement projects that promote peace and intercultural understanding. Junior Beauclaire Mbanya ’20 will host “Togetherness for Peace” in his hometown of…  read more 

'Difference Teaches You Humility': Investiture of Donald Hall

Apr 4, 2019

Donald Hall was formally installed as the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of the Arts, Sciences & Engineering during an investiture ceremony Wednesday, April 3, in the Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. University Trustee Francis Price opened the program, followed by remarks from Provost Rob Clark. Eugene Tobin, senior program…  read more 

Rochester Alumna Pioneer for Sex Education

Mar 28, 2019

‘Your sexuality is yourself, as the total person you are’ What Rachel Carson did for the environment and Margaret Sanger did for birth control, Mary Calderone ’39M (MD) did for sex education, a reporter for People magazine casually observed in 1980. Calderone was a cultural icon in the 1970s and early 1980s. The first…  read more 

April Events for LGBTQIA+ Alumnx

Mar 26, 2019

Stonewall: 50 Years Out  Opening Reception Central Library of Rochester & Monroe CountyAnthony Mascioli Gallery1st floor, Rundel Memorial Building115 South AvenueRochester, NY Friday, April 5, 2019 6 - 9 p.m. Hors'doeuvres and cash bar, music by DJ Solid Bear Exhibit April 5 - July 20, 2019 The Stonewall uprising activated local LGBTQ+…  read more 

Memorial Art Gallery Honors Frederick Douglass

Mar 22, 2019

Lessons of the Hour--Frederick Douglass By Isaac Julien March 3 - May 12, 2019 Lessons of the Hour is a meditation on the life, words, and actions of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), the visionary African American abolitionist and freed slave, and on the issues of social justice that shaped his life’s work. More poem than story, ten video…  read more 

Two Ways to Celebrate Diversity with Rochester

Mar 20, 2019

Celebration of Diversity Reception Monday, April 8, 2019 | 5 - 7 p.m. | May Room, Wilson Commons Following the annual Diversity Conference, join fellow alumni, faculty, and staff to celebrate 10 years of this important University program. Enjoy performances by the University's all-female a cappella group, Vocal Point, and…  read more 

Deafness as an Asset: Nyle DiMarco to Speak at Rochester

Mar 19, 2019

Nyle DiMarco, an influential leader and ambassador for the deaf community, will speak Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons.  Nyle DiMarco won the mirror ball trophy on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and was the last model standing on The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model".…  read more 

Sylvy Kornberg ’38, ’40M (MS) was best known as the wife of Arthur Kornberg ’41M (MD). But as a biochemist, she made vital contributions to the research for which Arthur won the Nobel. (University photo / University Archives)

Headlines & Happenings: March 2019

Mar 15, 2019

Headlines Catch up on some featured articles that you may have missed! Rochester Women: ‘A very different status and kind of career’ A biochemist, Sylvy Kornberg ’38, ’40M (MS) made vital contributions to the research for which her husband, Arthur Kornberg ’41M (MD), won a Nobel Prize in 1959. As a full-time member of the research staff…  read more 

Honoring Rochester Women on International Women's Day

Mar 8, 2019

‘This vacuum in our education is more than a matter of polite regret’ When members of the University of Rochester faculty were in the early stages of creating an experimental undergraduate program called Non-Western Civilizations, they were already looking to Vera Micheles Dean to lead the initiative. A visiting professor at Smith College and…  read more 

Celebrating Women's History Month 2019

Mar 1, 2019

Throughout Women’s History Month, campus organizations are sponsoring art exhibitions, lectures, films, book readings, and performances to celebrate and remember women’s history. Check the calendar for events throughout the month of March. Originally published on March 1, 2019 on Newscenter.  read more 

Grant Supports Interactive Training to Treat Patients with IDD

Feb 22, 2019

Thanks to a recent grant award, Eastman Institute for Oral Health’s ongoing efforts to improve access to healthcare for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) will be addressed through a new educational initiative. The Working for Inclusive and Transformative Healthcare (WITH) Foundation awarded Dr. Cynthia…  read more