Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at UR/LLE

Land Acknowledgment: We acknowledge with respect the Seneca Nation, known as the “Great Hill People” and “Keepers of the Western Door” of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. We take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers on whose ancestral lands the University of Rochester now stands. [Guzman-Rea, J., Jemison, P., 2020 (Seneca, Heron Clan)]

LLE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council Mission Statement: It is our mission to enact a cultural shift where the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) prioritizes acceptance, inclusion, and equity by working toward systemic change, advocating for equal opportunity, and creating a more diverse workforce. A disproportional lack of representation and opportunities exists for Women, Black and Indigenous people, and other People of Color, which creates our need to effectively support those with historically marginalized experiences, as well as their intersecting identities. We strive to promote a clear understanding of equity and diversity by educating our community and fostering inclusion in our workforce across race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, class, age, ethnicity, faith, and education level. We are committed to achieving a climate of acceptance and inclusion, where diversity is celebrated.

The University is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This commitment extends to policies and practices for admissions, recruitment, and employment in accordance with the principles of equal opportunity and Affirmative Action and in compliance with applicable law.

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