DEI Forums

One of the key priorities to emerge from the department’s 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Days of Action was the need to sustain department-wide discussion of how multifaceted topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion relate to our department, the chemistry field, STEM disciplines, and society.

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

In the spirit of Meliora, we hope that these forums will help to center DEI in our ongoing departmental conversations, growth, and pursuit of excellence. Please contact Professor Rose Kennedy to volunteer to facilitate forums, to suggest future topics, and/or to provide any other feedback, questions, or comments.

Chemistry DEI Education Certificates

Beginning spring 2022, University of Rochester community members can earn Chemistry DEI Education Certificates for participation in DEI forums. Certificate recipients will be recognized at the annual departmental awards ceremony and are welcome/encouraged to list this recognition on their CV. We hope that this program will help to recognize, validate, and value the hard work our community members undertake toward DEI efforts.

  • [Cu] DEI Education Certificate (Copper/Bronze): Attend at least four forums in one calendar year.
  • [Ag] DEI Education Certificate (Silver): Attend at least six forums in one calendar year.
  • [Au] DEI Education Certificate (Gold): Attend at least six forums AND organize at least one forum in one calendar year.

To earn a certificate, verified “attendance” requires registering in advance AND…

  • Keeping your camera on for the duration of the forum AND/OR participating (verbally) throughout the forum (for virtual (Zoom) forums)
  • Completing the attendance sign-in sheet at the end of the forum (for in-person forums)

All are still welcome to attend/participate in any of the forums without meeting the verified attendance criteria. In these cases, attendance simply will not be “counted” toward the certificate.


Coming soon! See DEIO Events!


For a complete archive of past DEI Forums, please visit Kennedy Research Group's DEI forums page.