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Office for Inclusion and Culture

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 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
Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture 

Current News

Time for the annual call for nominations for the SMD Faculty Diversity Award.  The award was established in 2013 to recognize the exceptional contributions and accomplishments of medical school faculty whose efforts foster a diverse and inclusive medical school community. 

Review the URSMD Faculty Diversity Award link URSMD-Faculty-Diversity-Award-Information for eligibility requirements and the nomination process. Nominations will be accepted through June 21, 2019. Please send nominations to

Rizk Jones Poster SessionPaul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics 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...                                                                       


2019 URSMD Faculty Diversity Award Recipient

Adrienne Morgan 

Adrienne L. Morgan, Ph.D. (She, Her, Hers)
Assistant Dean for Medical Education Diversity and Inclusion
Senior Director

Program Helps Local Youth 'STEP' up to Medicine

Sometimes it just takes one day at a medical center to inspire a teenager to go into medicine. Other times, it confirms that it’s not for them. No matter the path, one longstanding program at the School of Medicine and Dentistry is giving local middle and high school students the opportunity to decide for themselves.

“It’s a win win either way,” says Adrienne Morgan, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Medical Education Diversity and Inclusion and director of the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), a state grant-funded program for students who are economically disadvantaged or from backgrounds historically underrepresented in medicine.

Want to know how you can help? Email to pitch your idea. If you know a student who may want to apply to the program click here for more information.

Published on July 22, 2019