Diversity and Inclusion

Celebrating unique identities is an important part of our work with alumni and friends across the globe. It is our mission to offer exceptional opportunities to create and maintain meaningful connections with one another and with the University of Rochester. Whether it be a film screening, networking events, conversations, or social hours, it is our commitment to provide resources and experiences for you, for whatever you need, wherever you live.

As active participants in various multicultural, diversity, and inclusion-focused initiatives, we work closely with our partners in the Office of Minority Student Affairs, Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, Student Activities, David T. Kearns Center, and with other affiliated groups. Each year, the University of Rochester, in partnership with these offices, presents a report on Diversity & Inclusion. Check out the twelfth annual report published in December 2018.


Encompass E-Newsletter

In support of the University’s mission and culture of respect, the Office of Equity and Inclusion is pleased to present Encompass––an e-newsletter designed to share updates on the latest news, upcoming events, and more. It’s the newest way to get Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion news from around the University. Check out the latest issue or visit the archive for past issues.

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Black Alumni Network

The Black Alumni Network is an inclusive community of University alumni, students, staff, faculty, and friends. Through making meaningful connections, networking opportunities, and resources for personal and professional development, members are empowered, supported, and celebrated. Join the Black Alumni Network groups on Facebook and The Meliora Collective to receive timely updates, and click the button below to learn more about getting involved as a volunteer.

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Diversity Advisory Council

The Diversity Advisory Council is a national volunteer body responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and feedback to the University of Rochester on diversity and inclusion initiatives for its alumni and students. Specifically, the Council Identifies specific areas of opportunity for increased representation and inclusion of diverse alumni and students, serves as a central advisory body for identity-based affinity groups, and assesses and reports on progress of alumni and student diversity and inclusion initiatives.

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ANNUAL DIVERSITY CONFERENCE

Each year the University of Rochester’s Diversity Conference brings together the University of Rochester and Greater Rochester communities, highlighting a common theme that guides the focus of conversations for the daylong event. Diversity-related topics may involve, but are not limited to: race/ethnicity, class, gender, culture, sexuality or orientation, disabilities/abilities, religion, or age.

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EDUCATION VERIFICATION: DIPLOMA REQUESTS

In support of our transgender and gender-expansive alumnx, the University of Rochester will provide a complimentary, no-cost, reprint of diplomas for members of these communities so that this important symbol of their time at UR, which hangs in offices across the world, represents who each of our graduates are authentically. To take advantage of this service and request a reprint of your diploma, please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations Lauren McKenna at lauren.mckenna@rochester.edu. To view more alumni benefits and resources, visit our comprehensive benefits page.

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Tell Us About Yourself

Please help us provide you with relevant information related to diversity and inclusion initiatives by updating your information using this form.


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For more information on identity-based programs and events, contact Lauren McKenna, associate director of alumni relations at lauren.mckenna@rochester.edu.

Lauren McKenna was named associate director of alumni relations in February 2019. She most recently was the alumni relations coordinator at her alma mater, Nazareth College, and has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, fundraising, and alumni relations. Lauren is personally and professionally dedicated to diversity and inclusive excellence and is thrilled to be part of the University of Rochester family.