Event Spotlight

An Evening With Laverne Cox 


Actress Laverne Cox will speak on Saturday, October 18. She currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the role of Sophia Burset, an incarcerated African-American transgender woman. Time named Sophia Burset the fourth most influential character of 2013.  
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
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August 2014


Dear University of Rochester Alumni,

The Office of Alumni Relations and University partners welcome you back to campus this Meliora Weekend. Please join us, classmates, students, and other community members as we network, learn, and socialize together.  


This Meliora Weekend edition of OUR Rochester will highlight some of the diverse events taking place this year. Please mark your calendars for October 16-19, 2014!


For more information on Meliora Weekend or to register, please visit



Karla Hatley
Associate Director of Affinity and Multicultural Engagement


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2014 Stanton/Anthony Conversations Luncheon and Panel Discussion
Friday, October 17
Noon-3:30 p.m.




Dr. Sheree Toth, executive director of Mt. Hope Family Center, will give a keynote address during lunch. Read more...

Human Library 
Friday, October 17
2-6 p.m.


A Human Library is a way for community members, or "readers," to connect with volunteer "books" they wouldn't otherwise have the chance to meet. Readers will learn about the books' incredible life experiences and special interests.  Read more...
Kearns Center Open House
Friday, October 17
3:30-5:30 p.m.


Join fellow alumni and friends on a tour of the Kearns Center's new office space in Dewey HallRead more...   

Tropicana Dinner Celebration
Friday, October 17
7-9 p.m.

Join the Spanish and Latino Students' Association as they host their 27th Annual Tropicana dinner! 

Office of Minority Student Affairs
Networking Reception
Friday, October 17
8-10 p.m.
Join the Office of Minority Student Affairs and the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program at its annual networking event and reception for students, alumni, and parents. Read more...
Best Practices for Women in STEM: 
The Rochester Perspective
Saturday, October 18
9-11 a.m.



The Susan B. Anthony Institute brings students and alumni together for a breakfast buffet and panel discussion featuring University of Rochester alumnae working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Read More...

DLH Open House: Celebrating Our Legacy
Saturday, October 18
2-4 p.m.


Douglass Leadership House invites you to meet current and past members, learn all that they have accomplished thus far and enjoy a tour of their space. Read More...

One Community: A New Freshman Orientation Program Focusing on Diverse Identities
Saturday, October 18
4-6 p.m.
The One Community program engages students in a facilitated discussion that explores the way the UR community is shaped by all of our intersecting identities. This session will model the One Community program, presenting an abbreviated version of student narratives and small group discussions. Read more...
So You're an Academic, Now What?
Saturday, October 18
4-5 p.m.

Listen to a panel of underrepresented and first-generation college alumni speak about their experiences in graduate programs and beyond. Read more...  
University of Rochester Gospel Choir and 
Jazz Ensemble
Sunday, October 19
1-2:30 p.m.

End your weekend with this uplifting concert featuring big band jazz and traditional gospel music. Read more...



MEL Talks
Saturday, October 18
1:30-3:30 p.m.

For the second year, MEL Talks will feature an array of faculty, students,and alumni speaking on topics related to research, innovation, and artistry at the University and beyond. Talks will include research into extending human longevity, the role of improvisation in our lives, and bringing clean water to Africa. Read more...
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Check out the Rochester Alumni Exchange for
 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.  

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