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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events

The Department of Biology is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We believe it is our responsibility to redress inequities present in our department and to foster a community in which every member feels welcome, safe, and appreciated. To that end, we have established a DEI events page where members and friends of the department can find DEI events easily.

For additional DEI events visit the Arts, Sciences & Engineering diversity events page.


A Conversation with Actor and Activist George Takei

October 21, 2021

George Takei, who starred in the iconic 1960s TV show Star Trek and later became an activist for LGBTQ and immigrant rights, will be the next speaker in the Difficult Conversations as a Catalyst for Change series. The semiannual event is hosted by Donald Hall, the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Takei will speak at Strong Auditorium on the River Campus on Thursday, October 21, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. EDT. Registration is required for those who wish to attend the event in person or virtually. A password-protected Zoom link will be emailed to virtual registrants on the day of the event


Industry panel series on advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion

October 18, 2021

Attend an industry-focused panel discussion on the work to further equity, diversity, and inclusion by the Simon Business School—ranked number one in U.S. News & World Report as the most diverse MBA program—and the takeaways for your organization. The virtual event takes place Monday, October 18, at noon EDT. Advanced registration is required.


‘Creating a Queer-Inclusive AS&E’ workshop

October 12, 2021

In the first part of the two-part “Creating a Queer Inclusive AS&E” workshop for AS&E faculty and staff, participants will learn basic information about LGBTQ culture including current language and terms. This will allow participants to immediately begin the journey of creating more inclusive spaces in their work. In part two, participants will begin to gain an understanding of cissexism and heterosexism in higher education. They will then explore how these themes manifest in their work and grapple with strategies to shift these norms on an individual and school-wide level.


Grand rounds lecture on the toll of racism on Black lives

October 1, 2021

Attend the next public health grand rounds webinar, “The Color of Health: The Devastating Toll of Racism on Black Lives” presented by Wade Norwood ’85, CEO of Common Ground Health in Rochester. The lecture takes place Friday, October 1, from noon to 1 p.m. EDT. Pre-registration is required. ASL interpreters will be present. Email Carolyn Settle with questions.


Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day at the Memorial Art Gallery

September 26, 2021

Several times each year, the Memorial Art Gallery opens its doors and offers Rochester area families and community members the opportunity to learn more about specific cultures. Join us on Sunday, September 26, for Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day! Visit our Celebration Series web page for full program details. Sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery and Poder 97.1 FM with support from Rochester Latino Theatre Company, Hispanic Heritage Committee of Rochester, and Hipocampo Children’s Books. 


‘BIC-Ture This’: A queer art-making series for LGBTQ students

September 17, 2021

The first “BIC-Ture This” class of the semester, “Make Your Own Scarf,” which brings together LGBTQ+ students, takes place Friday, September 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, 305 Douglass Commons. Register by Monday, September 13. Supplies will be provided.


Pride Celebration Day at the MAG

July 18, 2021

Join MAG for our annual celebration of the LBGTQ+ Community! This event is FREE and in person. Suggested donation of $5 per group at registration. 


In the Spirit of Mandela: Advancing Human Rights in the United States

July 12, 2021

Created in 2018, In the Spirit of Mandela Coalition is a growing grouping of organizers, academics, clergy, attorneys, and organizations committed to working together against the systemic, historic, and ongoing human rights violations and abuses committed by the United States against Black, Brown, and Indigenous people.


Documentary Screening: 'Shoulders To Stand On'

June 26, 2021

To commemorate PRIDE Month, the School of Medicine and Dentistry Office of Equity and Inclusion is hosting a screening of the documentary “Shoulders to Stand On.” It will take place on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 3 pm at The Little Theatre.