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"Don't just be a brand-be a person, be credible. We need you for everything you authentically are, and everything you truly can be," commencement speaker and founder of the Posse Foundation Deborah Bial told the graduating Class of 2015, at the Arts, Sciences & Engineering commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17. Read more... 

Alumni in Action
As the recently elected president of Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan, Tadenuma aims to "increase the number of research fields at our university that are ranked within the top 100 in world university rankings."  
Internationally acclaimed violinist returns to the Eastman School of Music as an associate professor of violin. More...
Diversity Awareness
The University holds many multicultural events throughout the year. Click on a month below
for a full schedule.


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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May 2015

Dear University of Rochester Alumni,


Spring is a time of celebration, new beginnings, and exciting journeys. We congratulate the Class of 2015 on their accomplishments, and share a profound hope that their time at the University of Rochester will inspire them to go forth and make the world "ever better." We welcome our 2015 graduates into the alumni community, and in this time of new beginnings, we encourage our new alumni to stay connected with the University and with one another, no matter where their journey takes them. 


Sadly, this spring also saw the loss of a beloved member of our University community: Professor Jesse Moore. A leading scholar on the National Urban League, Professor Moore joined the history department in 1970, and for many years was the only full-time, African-American faculty member on campus. He later served as an associate dean in the College and at the University, leading initiatives to recruit minority undergraduate and graduate students and to provide support to those who enrolled. In 1992, he founded the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at the University of Rochester, a federally supported initiative to encourage promising sophomores and juniors from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral degrees.


While Professor Moore is remembered by many as a man whose dedication to diversity, both in academic study and community, changed the very face of our University, his students speak to the personal impact his guidance and mentorship had on their lives. One such student, Dean Paul Burgett '68E,'76E (PhD), vice president and senior advisor to the president, offers his remembrance of Professor Moore below.




Cristin Monahan '11

Assistant Director of Affinity and Diversity Engagement


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Emeritus History Professor Jesse Moore: A Remembrance by Paul J. Burgett

Jesse Moore, who served the University of Rochester, died on Saturday April 18, at the age of 82, after a battle with cancer. He leaves behind a legacy of teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and service that is intergenerational in breadth and effectiveness. His personal and professional dedication to diversity and mission to support students from all walks of life helped mold the University that stands today. His death has been deeply felt and mourned by countless Rochester students, alumni, and faculty colleagues. 


I met Professor Moore in the early 1970s when, as a young doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music, with my sights set on doing research about the music of Black Americans, something I knew nothing about, made my way to Professor Moore's office on the River Campus. The only African-American faculty member at that time, he welcomed me warmly and initiated a long and productive mentor/student relationship. Professor Moore introduced me to essential literature in history and philosophy that helped shape my research and, with assistance and direction from my Eastman School faculty mentors, I produced a dissertation entitled "The Aesthetics of the Music of Black Americans: A Critical Analysis of the Writings of Selected Black Scholars with Implications for Black Studies in Music." Jesse, as an outside reader for the dissertation, chaired my defense committee. At the conclusion of the defense and excused from the exam room for the committee to deliberate my fate, I shall always remember the moment when Jesse emerged, beaming, extending his hand and exclaiming, "Congratulations Dr. Burgett, and welcome to the community of learned scholars." With certainty, I can attest that there are legions of Rochester students who felt the warm support, generosity of spirit, and unyielding constancy of Jesse Moore as he helped them pursue their academic passions under his watchful eye. 


Emeritus Professor of History Jesse Moore, University Grand Marshal, teacher, scholar, friend for more than forty years will be greatly missed. His remains are interred in the University's burial plot in Mt. Hope Cemetery. There, he rests in peace directly behind the grave of Martin Brewer Anderson, the University's first president. It is a notable and worthy eternal association of which I think Professor Moore would be greatly pleased. 


The University's official obituary for Professor Moore can be found here.

President's Office Releases Ninth Annual Diversity Report


President Joel Seligman notes that the University has made "valuable progress, but our work is not done."


UR Dean Given White House Award

Beth Olivares, executive dean of diversity initiatives and director of the Kearns Center, receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. 
Inside a BSU Tradition

Alexandra Poindexter '15 explains the history of the Black Students' Union's annual step show, and how this competition fosters community and celebrates African-American dance. 
UR Professor Explores The Poitier Effect




Professor Sharon Willis examines the impact of film icon Sir Sidney Poitier on race relations today.


The Minority Male Leadership Association in Action



The MMLA continues to promote excellence and provide mentorship through partnerships across the University.  


The Plight of Invisibility




Former and current Warner School researchers analyze and discuss the educational needs of the city of Rochester's Latino/a students in The Plight of Invisibility: A Community-Based Approach to Understanding the Educational Experiences of Urban Latina/os.



Professors Receive Grant to Study HIV Prevention Among Young Black Males

Edward Brockenbrough, assistant 

professor in teaching and curriculum at the Warner School of Education, and Mitchell Wharton, assistant professor of clinical nursing at the School of Nursing, are the recipients of a pilot grant award from the University of Rochester's Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) for their collaborative research project entitled "Sexual Engagements with Networked Technologies by Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (YBMSM)," otherwise known as the SENT Project. More...  

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