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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.


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.

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

Happy Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

AAPI heritage month was first recognized on a federal level in 1978, when President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation—first introduced to Congress by Representative Frank Horton of Rochester, New York—which established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week to take place in early … Continued

Happy Haitian Heritage Month!

Haitian Heritage Month is a nationally recognized month and offers an opportunity to enjoy the rich culture, distinctive art, delicious food and to learn the traditions of Haiti and its people. The celebration is an expansion of the Haitian Flag … Continued

Happy Jewish American Heritage Month!

As we celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month, we want to acknowledge and honor the rich history, culture, and contributions of the Jewish community. From art to science, literature to business, Jewish individuals have left an indelible mark on our society … 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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