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January - April

The University of Rochester and the Greater Rochester Community will present a collection of events in affinity to Black History Month 2015 from January 23-April 8. [ more info ]


February 10

A candid presentation on racism and privilege in America with TIM WISE, one of the country’s leading Anti-Racist writers and activists.
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February 22

Black History Month Family Day at the Memorial Art Gallery
All ages are invited to celebrate Black History Month with hands-on art activities, storytelling, guided tours, music and dance performances, family tours, international cultural displays, and more.
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March 10

Urban League of Rochester 50th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon honoring former Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson, Jr., who was elected mayor of the city of Rochester in 1993 and was the first African American elected to the city’s highest office. [ more info ]

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December and January Meeting Thanks

Hosted by Rochester Regional Transit Service and Rochester Institute of Technology, respectively, we continued the series of interactive discussions we have been engaged in for the past few months with a focus on what’s working well for us in our diversity and inclusion initiatives, and a closer examination of some areas in which we struggle. [ Read More ]

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Start First With What You Believe
By Joe Gerstandt
The idea of fact has always appealed to me, maybe you as well. Part of the appeal, for me at least, lies in the fantasy that by presenting you with enough cold, hard facts I will not need to argue or try to convince you of something. [ Continue Reading ]


Leadership, Conflict and Character Analysis
By Steve Hanamura
In July I began writing about the intersection between leadership, conflict and character. There were two main drivers for undertaking this project.  First I was frustrated with the political processes that had taken place in 2008 and again in 2012. [ Continue Reading ]


Race Relations Need Relationships
By Simma Lieberman
People of all colors, ages, and backgrounds ... to government workers and executives - have been expressing their outrage about what they view as mistreatment, discrimination, and violence, against people of color, particularly Black people, at the hands of some police and other agencies of law enforcement. [ Continue Reading ]


My Dream About the KKK Takes Me Back To The Future
By William (Bill) Shackelford
I had a dream about the KKK. I was walking with some of my grandkids and with a teenage version of my brother TJ (who passed last year at age 54). We were walking in an area that looked like the street leading to my old office building.[ Continue Reading ]

Emerging Trends in D&I
By Mauricio Velásquez
I am seeing some significant emerging trends in the workplace.  As a result of an improving economy, previously slashed HR budgets are finally being revitalized with attention being paid to training and development - especially for diversity and inclusion. 
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Our Different Lenses
By Sharon Orlopp
Chief Diversity Officer at Walmart

As I write this article, I am sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Denver where I am clearly in the minority.  About 90% of the guests are blind and there are very few people with sight in the lobby. [ Continue Reading ]



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DVD–Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts: Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World – By Leslie Aguilar
The book provides guidelines for communicating respect and inclusion, a six-step model for how to recover when you have unintentionally said something you wish you hadn't and your foot is in your mouth, and 12 techniques for speaking up against bias and stereotypes. [ Learn more and buy ]


DVD–Ouch! Your Silence Hurts – By Leslie Aguuilar
Continuing the conversation that OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts started, this explores the high cost of silent collusion and the power of the bystander to make a positive difference.
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