Event Spotlight

West African Drumming Ensemble


December 8, 2013

7 p.m.


Strong Auditorium


Join the West African Drum Ensemble and Director Kerfala Bangoura for this exciting performance.

The Ensemble combines the iconic djembe hand drum with a trio of drums played with sticks, known

as dunun, sangban, and kenkeni. The powerful, multi-part relationships established by this trio of drums provide a rhythmic foundation for the ensemble. This concert is free and open to the public.


2014 MLK, Jr. Commemorative Address




January 24, 2013

6-7 p.m.


Strong Auditorium


The 2014 MLK, Jr. Commemorative Address will be given by Benjamin Todd Jealous, 17th President and CEO of the NAACP.  Jealous was appointed to the position at age 35 and  is the youngest person to lead the 104-year-old organization. 


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
November 2013


Dear University of Rochester Alumni,


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


During Meliora Weekend, we recognized the 45th anniversary of the Office of Minority Student Affairs/Arthur O. Eve. Higher Education Opportunity Program. We also welcomed the performance of the choreopoem, We've Come This Far by Faith by alumna Melany Silas '99, '01W (MS). We celebrated these visionary programs, their significant achievements, and their contributions to our community and our University. We celebrated these visionary programs, their significant achievements, and their contributions to our community and our University.


We also hold great hope for our future. The incoming freshmen class, with more than 1,300 students from 49 states and 71 countries, is said to be the largest and most diverse class ever.


As we are coming to the end of 2013, I encourage you to find meaningful ways to stay connected to Rochester, through opportunities such as:


-     Events and programming

-     ReunionCareer Center, and Admissions volunteer opportunities that connect you with the past, present, and future of the University. It is through a strong and engaged network of alumni, students, parents, and friends that the University of Rochester continues to improve its presence in the various locations. 


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


Karla Hatley
Associate Director of Affinity and Multicultural Engagement  


  Facebook - small Twitter - small LinkedIn - small  

Presidential Diversity Award 
Nominations Due by Friday, November 15

The University of Rochester Diversity Awards recognize the accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, units, departments, or other functional teams of the University or graduates of the University that contribute to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership. Recipients should demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multi-cultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives.  Read More...  

Summer Enrichment Program Offered to High School Students


Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) is a New York State funded program for high school students who are economically disadvantaged or from underrepresented backgrounds. The program is designed to stimulate participants' interest in career development opportunities in medicine and the health care professions, and takes place on campus. 
Get Involved with Admissions in Your Region


The Office of Admissions needs your help in sharing the University's message to diverse prospective students across the country and around the globe. Interested in supporting the Admissions Office by attending college fairs and/or conducting admissions interviews in your community?  Read More...


President Obama Lunches with University Students to Discuss College Affordability 


On August 22, four Rochester students found 

themselves as the exclusive lunch guests of President Barack Obama. The president made a stop at Magnolia's Deli and Cafe in Rochester as part of his college affordability tour through Upstate New York and Pennsylvania. Read more...

Petition Addresses Campus Racism


In response to comments on the UR class of 2017 Facebook page post about the Confederate flag controversy, students and UR administrators have created a petition opposing some of the racist language posted on the social media page. Read more...


University Board Elects Three New Trustees



The University of Rochester Board of Trustees elected three new trustees at its May meeting, including retired senior vice president, controller, and chief accounting officer of Tyco International, Carol "John" A. Davidson Read more... 

Partners in Transforming an Urban Community

To address and combat issues of low educational achievement and high poverty and crime rates, members from the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education and Rochester community have joined forces to help transform and rebuild one of Rochester's most distressed communities-the Beechwood neighborhood. 
Career Exploration and Summer Enrichment for College Undergraduates


As a part of institutional commitment to support of the Association of American Medical Colleges efforts to increase diversity in medicine, the University of Rochester's Medical Center supports the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF). SURF is an eight-week academic program designed to strengthen the science, clinical, and research skills of selected college students.  Read more...

New Intercultural Center Highlighted Over Meliora Weekend



Rochester's new Intercultural Center was launched as part of Meliora Weekend. Founders of the University's 1960s International Club, Dorothea E. de Zafra Atwell 63, Brian Fleming '63 and Payne Masuku '65 were featured panelists at the event. Read more...


Alumni in Action: Walter Cooper '57 (PhD)



Walter Cooper was a recipient of the 2013 Rochester Area Community Foundation's philanthropy awards. Read More... 


Alumni in Action:
Sandra Rosado '97, '98W (MS), '12W (PhD)
Sandra Quoines Rosado was recently featured in the Women to Watch column of the Democrat and ChronicleRead more...  
Alumni in Action: Kathleen Washington '04S (MBA)
Kathleen Washington was awarded the Simon School's Alumni Award and is cofounder and managing director of Enterprise Solutions International. Read more...
Alumni in Action: Lee Koonce '96E

Lee Koonce has been appointed Executive Director of Ballet Hispanico, the nation's preeminent Latino dance institution. 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 Multicultural and Affinity Engagement at khatley@admin.rochester.edu.  

University of Rochester