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Promoting Excellence through Diversity

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The University of Rochester is a community that welcomes, encourages, and supports individuals who desire to contribute to and benefit from the institution’s missions of teaching, research, patient care, performance, and community service. The University of Rochester embraces diversity of all kinds and is mindful of all aspects of human differences such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender, identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability and age.

The medical center and university are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment for our students, residents, and fellows through a variety of means, including:

  • Considering each member of the University of Rochester community as important, having worth and dignity, and viewed as an asset
  • Mentoring and networking programs for trainees, including the Association of Minority Resident and Fellows and the LGBTQIA Affinity Group
  • Affinity and support groups (for example: Latino Professional Alliance, Minority Male Leadership Association, SPECTRUM, Sankofa/African American Network, and many more)
  • Active recruitment of diverse faculty and university personnel
  • Mentoring and networking programs for diverse faculty to enhance both recruitment and retention
  • A variety of cultural and educational programs including an annual diversity conference and monthly diversity seminar series

We are proud of the welcoming and inclusive community we have, and we continue to live by our motto “Meliora”- Ever better!

Resources

Office for Inclusion and Culture Development

URMC Faculty Out and Ally List

Rochester Pride
Rochester Pride Parade

URMC Networking Resources

  • Association of Minority Residents and Fellows
  • Women in Science and Medicine Faculty Advisory Committee
  • LGBT Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Minority Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Medical Student Affinity and Interest Groups
    • American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
    • Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA)
    • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
    • Physicians for Human Rights
    • Rochester Medical Accessibility Coalition (RMAC)
    • SPECTRUM
    • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
  • Graduate Student Affinity Groups
    • Graduate Women in Science
    • Graduate Students of Color

Latino Professional Alliance Marching
Latino Professional Alliance at March

Educational & Cultural Programs

  • Tana Grady-Weliky, MD Annual Lecture on Women and Minorities in Medicine
  • Third Thursdays Performing Arts and Culture
  • Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at URMC (annual poster event)
  • Diversity Seminar Series (monthly)
  • Biennial Conference on Healthcare Disparities
  • UR Annual Diversity Conference

UR Affinity Groups

  • Four Directions (Native American)
  • Latino Professional Alliance at UR
  • Minority Male Leadership Association
  • Pride Alliance at UR
  • Sankofa (formerly African American Network)
  • South Asian Professional Networking Association
  • Veterans Alliance
  • Women’s Leadership Alliance
  • Young Leaders at UR