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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 VP Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer on 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   



Evelyn ParkerEvelyn Parker, MS has been appointed Director for Learner Inclusion and Culture for the School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Ms. Parker will lead the Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity focusing on recruitment and retention efforts for medical students from diverse backgrounds, supporting the medical student affinity groups and overseeing medical student pipeline programs.  She will also assist the graduate medical education programs in their recruitment and retention efforts, support the Association of Minority Residents and Fellows and be a resource to students in SMD graduate education and in the School of Nursing.              


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