Event Spotlight

 Martin Luther King, Jr.
Commemorative Address

Featuring Melissa Harris-Perry 
 January 17, 2013
6  p.m.
Join Melissa 
Harris-Perry, host of MSNBC's 
Melissa Harris-Perry and professor of political science at Tulane University, for the University's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Address on the River Campus in the Strong Auditorium.
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 


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December 2012

Dear University of Rochester Alumni,


As the year draws to a close, many of us use this time to take stock of our lives, to examine our past, and plan our future. The University is no different.


During Meliora Weekend, we recognized the 10th anniversary of the Kearns Center, as well as the 20th anniversary of the McNair Program. We celebrate these visionary programs, their significant achievements, and their contributions to our community and our University.


We also hold great hope for our future. The current freshmen class, the Class of 2016, is the largest in University history, and our most diverse. Traditionally underrepresented minority students make up more than 12 percent of this year's freshman class, demonstrating Rochester's expanding reach.


I encourage you to read President Seligman's 2012 Annual Diversity Report. While providing numerical information about diverse representation on campus, it also simultaneously highlights the progress we have made, and the progress we have yet to make. President Seligman notes, "We've made great progress in creating conversations that will help create as welcoming and inclusive and diverse a campus as possible. ... Our future as a University will increasingly be one of racial, gender, ethnic, and intellectual diversity."


On behalf of the Office of Alumni Relations, I wish you and yours a happy holiday season, and a safe and prosperous New Year.




Karla Hatley

Associate Director of Affinity and Multicultural Engagement


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President Seligman Issues Annual Diversity Report
President Seligman issued his sixth annual diversity report earlier this year. Read more... 
Class of 2016 Sets Record for Diversity

The University's current freshman class is the most diverse to date. Read More... 

Civil Rights Movement Activists Share Their Story



Civil Rights activists Judy Richardson, Betty Garman, and Dorthy Zellner spoke to students and community members in October.  Read more...

M.K. Gandhi Institute Celebrates Opening in PLEX 



The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence celebrated its new location in Rochester's PLEX neighborhood this fall. Read more...

Dr. Yuhchyau Chen Named ELAM Fellow



Yuhchyau Chen, MD, PhD, has been accepted into the 2012-13 class of fellows for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. Read More...

Meliora Weekend 2012: Ever Better!


Thousands of alumni, parents, and friends attended this year's festivities. Read More...

Kearns Center Celebrates Two Milestones
October marked the 10th anniversary of the University of Rochester's David T. Kearns Center for Leadership & Diversity in Arts, Sciences & Engineering and the 20th anniversary of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which is housed at the center. Read more... 
Dr. Ahmed Ghazi Joins the University's
Medical Center
Ahmed Ghazi, MD, has joined the University of Rochester Medical Center as an assistant professor in the Department of UrologyRead more... 
Dr. Chin-To Fong Wins Humanism in
Medicine Award
Dr. Chin-To Fong wins the 2012 Association of American Medical Colleges Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine awardRead more... 
Changing Hands: Native American Exhibit at the MAG 
The 140 works in this major traveling exhibition, which will be displayed at the Memorial Art Gallery until February 13, 2013, celebrate the richness and diversity of contemporary Native and First Nations artRead more... 
Brenda Lee Wins Leadership Award
The Howard Wilson Coles Society presented a community leadership award to Brenda Lee, assistant dean for medical education at the University of RochesterRead more... 
Alumni in Action: Ron Thomas '71 
Ron Thomas receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism. Read more...
Alumni in Action: Bridget Cooks'92, '02 (PhD)
Bridget Cooks publishes Exhibiting Blackness.
Alumni in Action: Lesli Myers '92, '94W (MS)
Lesli Myers is Superintendent of Brockport Central School District. Read more...
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