DEIO Events

College & Graduate Diversity Roundtable (C/GDR)

The College/Graduate Diversity Roundtable is structured as a student-centered task force where campus climate and quality of life issues and/or concerns can be voiced, heard, and acted upon, especially those affecting racial, ethnic, and cultural groups on campus. The C/GDR is also a focal point for diversity discussions, initiatives and best practices. The College and Graduate Diversity Roundtables are parallel series centered on undergraduate and graduate student experiences. However, any participants (undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, etc.) invested in either set of stakeholders are welcome to participate.

The C/GDR provides opportunities for all participants to engage in activities and conversations that address current affairs and contemporary challenges affecting individuals and groups of various intersecting identities and serves as a forum for discussion of the ways in which we can celebrate the diversity that enriches our campus community.

For more information about CDR, please contact Jessica Guzman-Rea.

For more information about GDR, please contact Liz Daniele.

DEI Forums

The DEIO Committee has launched a continuing series of monthly DEI Forums. These forums involve interactive, guided discussions based on articles, films, podcasts, or other media shared in the one to two weeks prior to each forum. DEI forums are open to all in our department community–including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty.

Other DEI Events at the University of Rochester

The Kearns Center offers a variety of events aimed at promoting and cultivating an equitable, respectful, and welcoming culture at the University of Rochester. Visit the Kearns Center events page for a calendar of upcoming events.

Past Events

Chemistry DEIO Days of Action

As the University of Rochester community works to understand and address how educational opportunity and access are shaped by race in the US, community members in the Department of Chemistry have recognized that there is insufficient diversity, equity, and inclusion within our department.

In December 2020 the DEIO Committee identified three initial areas in which our department can improve:

  1. Understanding and normalizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Department of Chemistry
  2. Communication
  3. Mentorship

In January 2021 members of the committee convened with members of the Department of Chemistry in open conversation to better understand deficiencies, ways to improve, and metrics to evaluate our success or failure. Sixty-five individuals participated in the two-day event was titled “Days of Action”.

Progress toward our initial goals will be evaluated in a fall 2022 Day-of-Action reboot. Details coming soon.

#URSTEMrecharge 2021

#URSTEMrecharge emerged after the 2020 call from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for academic scientific communities to #shutdownSTEM on June 10, 2020. Building on the spirit of this important national movement, Arts Sciences and Engineering (AS&E) at the University of Rochester held a day of deduction, self-examination, and self-reflection on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Over 70 participants from across the University came together to support continued discussion, planning, and action within and across individual departments.

Additional information on the Kearns Center diversity page.