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URMC / Office for Inclusion and Culture Development

Office for Inclusion and Culture Development

Linda H. Chaudron, MD, MSDiversity 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

International Award Named for Dr. Ruth Lawrence

Dr. Ruth LawrenceThe International Conference on Human Milk Science recently named an annual research award in honor of Dr. Ruth A. Lawrence, Distinguished Alumna Professor of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Story appears in the September 22, 2016, issue of Faculty@.

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Read about the University's efforts to create a more diverse campus and minimize health care disparity.


2016 URSMD Faculty Diversity Award Announced at September Convocation

Dr. Diane MorseDr. Diane Morse, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, and Director of the Women’s Initiative Supporting Health (WISH) is the recipient of the 2016 URSMD Faculty Diversity Award. Dr. Morse has “been a champion promoting the health and well-being of justice involved women” since joining the Department of Psychiatry. As Director of the Women’s Initiative Supporting Health (WISH), a research and primary care project that provides healthcare services to women who have reentered the community after a period of incarceration, she has helped many women who are often underserved by the healthcare system. Such patients are particularly vulnerable to serious health challenges and Dr. Morse is known for her compassionate, patient-centered care. As one nominator put it, “she gives voice and attention to an often forgotten segment of our community – incarcerated and justice-involved women, who are often women of color, who have suffered abuse and poverty along their trajectory to jail or prison.”
Dr. Morse’ passion doesn’t stop at caring for some of our most marginalized and disenfranchised patients. She also serves as an active mentor to undergraduate, graduate and medical school students and has inspired students to pursue clinical research. One former student wrote that her mentorship allowed him to develop skills and autonomy that “fostered [his] interest in medicine and … has motivated [him] to pursue a career as a physician-researcher, with specific interests in community health and quality improvement.”
Dr. Morse sustains a commitment to diversity and through her example encourages others to do the same. The 2016 Faculty Diversity Award celebrates her commitment and passion, recognizing her valuable contributions to underserved patients in our community and to those who have the privilege to work with her.

Addisu Mesfin and the "Nth Dimension"

Dr. Addisu MesfinUniversity of Rochester Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery, Addisu Mesfin, MD, was recently featured on WXXI News for his work with the Nth Dimension, a program designed to help increase the numbers of minorities and women in medicine. You can find the full story here

Other News

News that may be of interest but is no longer current can be accessed at the Archived News page.


Diversity Seminar Series

Next up, two lectures with -

Dr. Holly Atkinson

Holly G. Atkinson, MD, FACP, FAMWA

CUNY School of Medicine, NYC
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Distinguished Medical Lecturer and Medical Student Advisor, CUNY
Adjunct Professor, Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:00-7:00PM
Class of '62 Auditorium

Title: On the Front Lines: The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Addressing Human Trafficking

Friday, October 14, 2016, 12:00-1:00PM
Class of '62 Auditorium

Title: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Healthcare Professionals Role in Promoting Health and Social Justice

Please email Grace Fuller to register for either of these important lectures.

Check out our calendar to find other coming events.