Diversity Profile

Commitment to Equal Opportunity: 

The University of Rochester envisions itself as a community that welcomes, encourages, and supports individuals who desire to contribute to and benefit from the institution’s missions of teaching, research, patient care, performance, and community service. In a pluralistic culture, that community includes faculty, students, and staff who represent important differences. Members of the University’s community come from different geographical areas, represent differences in ethnicities, religious beliefs, values, and points of view; they may be physically different, have different intellectual interests, or have different abilities. The University not only welcomes such differences in the members of its community but, in fulfilling its own missions and in preparing the leaders of tomorrow’s world who will necessarily be operating in an equally wide-ranging environment, it actively seeks to recruit and include them in all aspects of the institution’s operations.

The University has been more successful in some instances than in others in attracting and retaining participants from such a demographically broad base. Certain groups, for whom participation in the University’s history is relatively recent, and not yet fully realized, present critically important and unique challenges. The University is explicit about its responsibilities under the law to provide equal opportunities for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and veteran status. To be inclusive in the broad sense defined by the University’s mission, much remains to be done beyond compliance with the law and explicit language about equal opportunity. Further, the University’s activities in this regard must always be directed to the enhancement of the human dignity of all members of its community; that must include strategies that foster appreciation for our many differences. These are essential to the success of the institution’s missions.

The University has a goal of ensuring an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of its members, especially historically underrepresented minorities and members of legally protected groups. Success will be measured by relative progress determined by quality and contributions to overall institutional goals and missions. That requires vigorous, systematic, consistent, and enduring actions in all University domains.


The University of Rochester is an institution devoted to teaching and learning, and producing new knowledge. We do these at world-class levels. The challenges facing us as we work to be more inclusive and provide a welcoming environment will respond to our skills as teachers and learners. In the context of our commitment to being more inclusive and diverse, we can apply these skills to the continuing work of transforming our environment in ways that enable greater participation, enhance human dignity, eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and improve the quality of life for everyone.

Contact Info: 

Vivian Lewis 

Deputy to the President 

Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity

(585) 273-2760

email vivian.lewis@rochester.edu 

Maggie Cassie

Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity

Special Projects Researcher

(585) 275-0792

email maggie.cassie@rochester.edu

Kurt Zeller

Grants Researcher/Program Administrator


email kzeller@ur.rochester.edu

Trina Viggiano

Administrative Assistant

(585) 273-5664

email tviggiano@ur.rochester.edu

Organizations/clubs/social networks: 

The University of Rochester is dedicated to providing our employees with top-notch family care as part of our extensive benefits package. By offering diverse programs, support, and resources to our employees and their families, we strive to support a healthy work-life balance. Our website offers information about University resources related to family care, health and wellness, discounts and living in Rochester.

Family Care

New Parents and Maternity Leave


Child Care

Dual Career Assistance

(Faculty Only)

Elder Care

Perks, Services and Discounts

Discounts and Perks




Living in Rochester

Rochester, NY


Affinity Groups

New Faculty and Staff

Cultural Activities

Health and Wellness



University Resources


In 2010, USA Today named Rochester one of the the top-ten college towns among mid-sized metropolitan areas. In 2007, the city of Rochester was named one of the top ten most livable cities in America by the Places Ranked Almanac in their 25th anniversary edition. Rochester placed sixth on the list, which evaluates several criteria in making its selections: local economy, recreation, housing, education, health care, transportation, ambiance, crime, and climate.

Snow is certainly a fact of life here; Rochester averages about 93 inches on snow a year. Winter sports enthusiasts can try their hand at cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing at Bristol Mountain, even curling. There are also plenty of places to escape from the winter weather: take shelter in the city's coffee shops, restaurants, book stores, movie theaters, and museums. For music lovers, Rochester is home to a surprising number of concert venues for a medium-sized city, from grand theaters to a thriving club scene.

Once the snow melts, Rochesterians head out to the city's parks and area lakes for some well-earned spring time recreation. Located on the historic Erie Canal and the Genesee River, and just five miles south of Lake Ontario, Rochester offers plenty of sailing, canoeing, and hiking opportunities.

During the spring and summer months, Rochester's neighborhoods come alive with festivals and arts fairs, including the Lilac Festival in Highland Park, the Park Avenue Festival, the Corn Hill Arts Festival, and the Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery.

Rochester has professional baseball (Red Wings), hockey (Amerks), and soccer (Rhinos) teams. And did we mention—there's a waterfall in the heart of downtown. Regional Transit Service buses, the University shuttle bus, and the UR Special all serve the campus, making the City of Rochester—and all it has to offer—available for students to explore.

Greater Rochester Visitors Association

Includes detailed descriptions, maps, directions, and streaming videos of the Rochester area's experiences. Whether you're in the mood for museum hopping or antique shopping, cultural pleasures or sporting adventures, scenic cruising or bargain choosing, history, mystery, artistry...when you visit Rochester you'll discover an exceptional place to indulge all your senses!

Democrat & Chronicle

Daily newspaper for the city of Rochester and the surrounding area contains local news, sports, weather, entertainment guides, and classified ads.

City Newspaper

Rochester's alternative news weekly offers coverage of local politics, film reviews, and guides and calendars for the local music and arts scene.

Yahoo! Rochester Web Directory

Rochester City Resources, Yellow Pages, New York UPI Headlines, Local Weather, Sports Scoreboard, Other Resources

Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester

Information about cultural events—including exhibits, concerts, lectures, and dance--throughout the Rochester area (available by type, date, organization), as well as general information arts and cultural resources for the local community.

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