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.


Submissions for ‘Expressions of Freedom’ Juneteenth celebration

June 16, 2022

The University will recognize and celebrate Juneteenth, or National Freedom Day—the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States—on Monday, June 20. In alignment with honoring the traditions and practices of persons of African descent, the institutional-wide Juneteenth celebration “Expressions of Freedom” exhibit, will take place on June 16. The exhibit will showcase creative and artistic responses to the inquiries “What does Freedom Day or Juneteenth mean to you?” and “How do you recognize expressions of freedom?” Responses to the inquiries are due by Friday, May 27. Submissions are welcome from all University and community members.

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LGBTQ Meet & Greet

February 10, 2022

Meet other LGBTQ students and get to know LGBTQ faculty and staff on Thursday, February 10, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. EST in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a rainbow lanyard giveaway, pronoun and pride pins, and a raffle for Meliora hats. This event is open to all LGBTQ students. Register here to attend.

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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

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‘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.

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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. 

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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.

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