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A Commitment to ‘Ever Better’

The University of Rochester Office of Equity and Inclusion is dedicated to cultivating an equitable, respectful, and welcoming culture at the University of Rochester. We strive to weave diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the University’s mission to learn, discover, heal, and create.

We celebrate our connections to the Rochester community and affirm that in a pluralistic culture, the definition of community includes individuals who represent every race, creed, color, ability, sexual identity, and gender.


Adrienne Morgan, University of Rochester Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
Adrienne Morgan appointed vice president for equity and inclusion and Richard Feldman Chief Diversity Officer

Adrienne Morgan has been named vice president for equity and inclusion and Richard Feldman Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Rochester, effective June 20, 2023. University President Sarah Mangelsdorf announced Morgan’s appointment following a national search and Board of Trustees approval. A leader devoted to promoting diversity, inclusion, and justice in both healthcare and higher education, Morgan has been serving as interim vice president and chief diversity officer since August 2022.

Read the full announcement on the News Center.


Julia E. Green, Esq., named associate vice president for Civil Rights Compliance and Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Inclusion

Julia E. Green, Esq. has been named associate vice president for Civil Rights Compliance and Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI). Julia joins the University from Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, where she was a partner. During her 17 years there, Julia first worked on an array of litigation matters, and, over the last ten years, focused her practice on advising higher education institutions on understanding, designing, and implementing processes to address allegations of Title IX sex discrimination and other protected status discrimination.

Read the full announcement.

Happening now

In this photo, exterior view of the Interfaith Chapel as seen from the George Eastman Quad on the University of Rochester's River Campus.

Religious/Spiritual Holidays

The University of Rochester is committed to supporting all aspects of individual culture, including religion and spirituality. Explore a listing of religious/spiritual holidays through the Interfaith Chapel.

Blanket Ceremony

Blanket Ceremony

The University of Rochester celebrated its first Blanket Ceremony to honor the graduation of two Native American students. Receiving a blanket in the ceremony symbolizes the community wrapping the individuals in love and support while recognizing their achievements.

OMSA Senior dinner

OMSA Senior Dinner

The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) celebrated its 50th annual Senior Dinner. For many undergraduate students of color, OMSA is an essential homebase during their time at Rochester, and the joyful event highlighted that sense of community.

Our work focuses on five institutional priorities.

Developing and sustaining an infrastructure to support equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Enhancing the recruitment and retention of our representational diversity of faculty, staff, and students.

Cultivating an inclusive climate, culture, and University Community.

Advancing the University’s mission through an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens.

Community engagement for racial and social justice.

News and announcements

Strengthening our support to the University’s transgender community

The beginning of each academic year is both a cause for celebration and a reason for reflection. As we celebrate our common purposes as scholars, classmates, researchers, creative artists, clinicians, and colleagues, we must also take time to reflect on … Continued

2023 Harassment and Discrimination Training

As part of our ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive and respectful community, we are pleased to announce that the annual Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Training, mandated by New York State, will soon be available. This training aligns with our … Continued

Transgender Day of Visibility Statement

Today is the 2023 International Transgender Day of Visibility and we wish to mark this day by reaffirming our unequivocal support for and solidarity with the transgender community. Transgender Day of Visibility is bittersweet. On the one hand, it gives … Continued

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Insight Into Diversity: Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
HEED award graphic

The University of Rochester has received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award—a national honor recognizing US colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—Rochester will be featured, along with the other recipients, in the INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Programs and Initiatives

Our office oversees a variety of initiatives and teams to ensure safety, equity, and diversity across the University.

Equity and Inclusion: Schools and Centers

Each of the University’s schools and colleges have offices devoted to diversity initiatives at the school level.

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