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Office for Inclusion and Culture Development

Linda H. Chaudron, MD, MSDiversity and Inclusion are core values at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Our vision is to cultivate 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, gender identity, veteran status, 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, including within the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the School of Nursing.

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

Rizk Jones Poster Session2018 Paul M. Schyve Summer Medical Student Fellows 

Nina Rizk, MS2 and Shaunpaul Jones, MS2 present their research poster "Forum Theater: A Teaching Tool for Creating Appropriate Responses to the Racist Patient" at the 2018 Medical Student Poster Session. Read more...

Dr. Timothy D. Dye2018 URSMD Faculty Diversity Award

Timothy D. Dye, PhD., receives the 2018 University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Faculty Diversity Award for his commitment to diverse, and often underserved, communities and his success in actively recruiting a diverse and multicultural research group.  Read more... 

Upcoming Event - Paths to Surviving and Thriving in Academic Medicine Conference

Succeeding in academic medicine while thriving both professionally and personally can be challenging. This half-day conference will provide ideas and tools to support faculty in navigating the challenges and developing a successful career path in academic medicine. Read more...

Jonathan WetherbeeSchool of Nursing's Jonathan Wetherbee Earns 2018 Presidential Diversity Award

This year's Presidential Diversity Award went to Jonathan Wetherbee, an administrator in the School of Nursing who has taken an active role in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the medical center and greater university community in his ten years here. Read more...

Dr. Kathi HeffnerKathi Heffner Appointed Associate Chief of Research for Geriatrics

The SON associate professor will oversee the partnership between the Division of Geriatrics and Aging and SON to help strengthen geriatrics research and collaboration with researchers across the University. Dr. Heffner was a 2014-15 participant in the Developing from WithinExploring and Enhancing Choices for Mid-Career Women in Academic Medicine, offered through the Office for Inclusion and Culture Development. Read more...



Check out our calendar to find other coming events.