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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

School of Nursing Receives National Award for Excellence in Diversity

Excellence in Diversity AwardThe School of Nursing has been selected to receive the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, osteopathic, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Read more…

New LGBTQ Website Launched October 11

Yellow Jacket MascotIn honor of National Coming Out Day on October 11, members of the University of Rochester Community and the LGBTQ Advocacy Committee announced the launch of a new LGBTQ website aimed toward offering support and information for LGBTQ folks and their friends, teachers, and families. We hope that this will become a valuable resource. If you would like to help add to the site, please submit suggestions to

2017-18 URSMD Faculty Diversity Awardee is Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD

Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhDCatherine Cerulli brings about positive change and community connections through research and advocacy that reflects her passion about diversity and inclusion. She champions programs such as the Department of Psychiatry’s HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) program. One colleague stated that she “views all of her teaching and mentoring experiences through a lens of diversity, inclusion and equity,” recognizing that everyone has different experiences and barriers on their paths to learning and career growth. Dr. Cerulli brings together diverse students from River Campus, other universities, and the community, facilitating communication that benefits all. She is a tireless community volunteer who has worked to assist and advocate for all marginalized and at-risk members of our community.

Dr. Cerulli’s work has improved the lives of women and men, children, students, residents, faculty and staff at the University of Rochester and throughout the Rochester region. Organizations and programs benefiting from her efforts include the Laboratory for Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV), the Willow Center, the Mount Hope Family Center, Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester, the Center for Youth, the Healing through Education Advocacy and Law (HEAL) Collaboration, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, among others. She has mentored dozens of faculty members and continues to advocate for and lead efforts to promote diversity, inclusion and equity for all.

Eric Caine, Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, summed up his nomination of Dr. Cerulli for this award by writing:

“Kate Cerulli represents the best of who we are and what we can achieve when fostering a culture where enhancing diversity is naturally done as a central element of striving to promote the health of all persons across the many communities of our region. Such work is second nature for her, as ordinary as our need to breathe air and drink water!”

AAMC's Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) New Committee Member and 2018 Chair-Elect from URMC

Dr. Linda ChaudronThe 2017-18 Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Steering Committee has announced the election of Linda H. Chaudron, MD, MS, as the 2018 Chair-Elect. Dr. Chaudron is the Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Culture Development at the University of Rochester Medical Center, as well as the Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture Development at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Dr. John CullenAdditionally, the GWIMS Steering Committee has selected John Cullen, PhD, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center, as its Issue-Based Representative. Dr. Cullen is also the Assistant Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center on River Campus. He has been recognized by the GWIMS Steering Committee for his unique ability to bring perspective in two particular areas, "research-based and male allyship," to the group. He will be installed in his role during the AAMC Learn Serve Lead Annual Meeting in Boston on November 3.

Developing from Within Grad Makes Waves as National Leader

Dr. Kathi HeffnerDr. Kathi Heffner, an Associate Professor and graduate of the 2014-15 Developing from Within program co-sponsored by the Office for Inclusion and Culture Development and the Susan B. Anthony Center, was recently chosen as one of five scholars to participate in the 2017-18 research cohort of the Emerging Leaders in Aging Program, sponsored by Tideswell at UC San Francisco, the American Geriatrics Society, and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs. The program aims to advance clinical, research, policy, and educational initiatives in aging by focusing on enhancing leadership skills in promising leaders. Read more...


Upcoming Diversity Seminars

"Don't Touch Me, You #@*#!" URMC Anti-Discrimination Policy and Explicit Patient Bias: A Discussion

Monday, December 11, 2017, 12:00-1:00pm
Helen Wood Hall (HWH) Room 1W-509
Margie Hodges Shaw, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Law and Bioethics
Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Adrienne L. Morgan, PhD
Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Inclusion and Diversity
Senior Director, CACHED
Assistant Professor, Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Division of Medical Humanities and bioethics
Linda H. Chaudron, MD, MS
Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture Development
Professor, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pediatrics
University of Rochester Medical Center

To register for this seminar, go to Shaw, etal registration

Cultural Competency: The Deaf Patient
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 12:00-1:00pm
Ctr for Experiential Learning (CEL) Rm 2-7544
Elizabeth (Ballard) Butcher, CI, CT, MS
Interpreter, Interpreter Services
University of Rochester Medical Center
Jason M. Rotoli, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
UR School of Medicine and Dentistry

To register for this seminar, go to Deaf Patient registration.

Annual Tana Grady-Weliky, MD Lecture on Women and Diversity in Medicine
From the Bedside to C-SuiteMy Path to Champion for Workplace Health and Well-Being

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:00-1:00pm
Class of '62 Auditorium
(Reception immediately following in the LeChase Assembly Hall - G-9576)

Guest Lecturer:
Marleece Barber, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
Director of Health and Wellness
Lockheed Martin Corporation

To register for this lecture, go to Bedside to C-Suite.

Check out our calendar to find other coming events.