Office for Inclusion and Culture Development Diversity and Inclusion at URMC - URMC cultivates a diverse and inclusive environment that guides and transforms our approaches to healthcare, education, research and community partnerships. Diversity of all kinds - talent, experience, gender, religion, abilities, race, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic background - is required to achieve excellence in any organization. Medical schools and academic medical centers are no exception. The Office for Inclusion and Culture Development provides the University of Rochester Medical Center community with a centralized office to access diversity resources, recruitment resources, and educational programs. We work closely with the medical center's senior leadership and the University's Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity to facilitate diversity efforts across the medical center and the medical school educational continuum. I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions and look forward to meeting you at future events. Linda Chaudron, MD, MS Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture Development Current News John Cullen Recognized for LGBT Equality Advocacy John P. Cullen, PhD, has been recognized for his commitment to LGBT rights in the Rochester community. Dr. Cullen, a medical researcher in the Department of Surgery and coordinator of outreach for the University of Rochester Susan B. Anthony Center, chairs the Pride Alliance at the University of Rochester. He also takes an active role in Safe Space training on campus, and has effectively negotiated policy change by bringing together various constituencies and by providing a voice for those who often are not empowered to speak on their own behalf due to stigma, shame or fear of reprisal. He was recently named one of 25 community champions for LGBT Equality in Western New York by the Empire State Pride Agenda and honored for his commitment to LGBT rights at a ceremony on May 16. Dr. Cullen, a tireless advocate, also received the 2014 University of Rochester Presidential Diversity Award. Susan McDaniel Elected 2016 President of American Psychological Association Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, the Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health in the department of Psychiatry, has been elected 2016 president of the American Psychological Association (APA). She will serve as the APA's president-elect in 2015. You will find more information in the complete online article. Other News News that is of interest but is no longer current can be accessed at the Archived News page. Calendar Intercultural Perspectives: Client and Staff relationships, addressing Patient Centered Care Thursday August 27 2015, 12:00-1:00 PM Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1-304) Department of Psychiatry's Cultural Awareness and Leadership Team Check out our calendar to find other coming events.