Event Spotlight
Third Annual Diversity Conference 
Friday, April 20, 2012
Keynote Speaker:
Claude Steele

Claude Steele is an eminent social psychologist and Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University. Steele's work focuses on "stereotype threat"--the idea that students who belong to groups that have been negatively stereotyped are likely to perform less well in situations such as standardized tests in which they feel they are being evaluated through the lens of that stereotype. Join the University on April 20, 2012 for Steele's presentation. Read more...


Diversity Awareness
The University holds many multicultural events throughout the year. Click on a month below for a full schedule.




African American History Month  




Women's History Month


Greek Heritage Month


Irish Heritage Month  



LGBTQI (Pride Awareness Month)




Asian Pacific Heritage Month   




Caribbean American Heritage Month 




Hispanic Heritage Month 




German Heritage Month


Italian Heritage Month


Polish Heritage Month 




Native American Heritage Month 


Rochester Diversity Links
Rochester Alumni  Links
February 2012

Dear University of Rochester Alumni, 


OUR Rochester is a new alumni newsletter designed to share information on multicultural initiatives and events throughout campus. I hope you will find this resource insightful and that it will provide you with news karla hatleyand perspectives on the diversity of activities happening across the University.


The newsletter is edited by Karla Hatley, who recently began working as an associate director of alumni relations. Karla focuses her work on student-alumni engagement, particularly with multicultural, fraternity/sorority, and LGBTQ communities. She is also working to engage alumni in various clubs, interests and career paths.


We are delighted to have Karla on our team and to be working with many of you in the years to come. Feel free to reach out to her directly at khatley@admin.rochester.edu. We welcome your feedback on OUR Rochester and hope to see you in Rochester or in your hometown soon.




Kevin Wesley

Executive Director  of Alumni Relations  


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Bordeaux Memorial Evolves
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The Jeffrey Bourdeaux, Jr. memorial, which will feature a yoshino cherry tree and a bench, is coming to fruition. Read more... 

Rochester Fraternity and Sorority Staff Members Honored
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Two members of the University's Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (FSA) unit within the Office of the Dean of Students were honored during the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo., last month. Read more... 
Scholar Explores Cultural Legacy of Michael Jackson
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In addition to receiving positive reviews in the  
national media, Joseph Vogel's book caught the attention of film director Spike Lee . Read more...

National Hispanic Institute Honors Rochester as College of the Year

The National Hispanic Institute (NHI) presented its College of the Year Award to the University of Rochester during the organization's annual Celebracion in San Antonio, Tx. 
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Race Talk in the Age of Obama
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Stephanie Li has been interested in President Barack Obama for as long as he's been a political figure. Read more... 
Michael Eric Dyson Gives the MLK Commemorative Address
In a speech that quoted extensively from the works of Martin Luther King Jr. to Kanye West, author, MSNBC political commentator, the Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson kept the crowd in Strong Auditorium enthralled during the MLK Commemorative Address in January.
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Fellowships for Students Who Advance the Cause of U.S. Minorities in Business

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is offering fellowships for students who advance the cause of U.S. minorities in business.
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Third Annual Diversity Conference
Call for Proposals


The Third Annual Diversity Conference needs you!
Members of the University community are invited to submit proposals for workshops and poster sessions at the Third Annual Diversity Conference: Change the Conversation that will take place on Friday, April 20.  Read more...
Alumni in Action



Black Girls' Anthem 

Alumna Melany Silas '99, '01 produces the choreopoem, Black Girls' Anthem. Shows will take place in Washington, D.C. (Feb. 18), and Atlanta, GA (Apr. 20).Read more...  







Beethoven and Black History

Alumnus Henri L. Muhammad '98 presents Beethoven Resurrected on Feb. 11-12. Read more...  

RAX Logo Announcing an array of free online services-the Rochester Alumni Exchange-to keep alumni from all of the University of Rochester's schools connected to their alma mater and the 100,000 other Rochester alumni around the globe. For more information click here.  

Questions, comments, submissions, and/or requests to remove yourself from our distribution list, please contact  

Karla Hatley, Associate Director of Alumni Relations at khatley@admin.rochester.edu (585) 276-6127 or (877) 635-4672 toll free.

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