Meliora is the essence of the University of Rochester’s mission, Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better, and aspiration to frame and solve the greatest challenges of the future.
Over many decades, we have distinguished ourselves as an institution committed to rigorous research, innovative education, renowned health care, and transdisciplinary study to produce new knowledge and explore the human experience in greater breadth and depth.
Grounded in our Meliora values, Boundless Possibility honors and expands upon these core strengths and identifies bold and transformational areas of growth. We can and will meet our goals, and everyone in the University community has a part to play in our success.
“The Boundless Possibility plan puts the people of the University of Rochester front and center. I am thrilled there is an emphasis on innovation and crossing traditional disciplines to catalyze new projects and relationships. We are an institution with many strengths, and we ought to leverage them in creative ways to make our university and the world beyond it ever better.”
— Dave Mitten, Director, UR Health Lab
“The strategic will play a critical role in fostering a positive culture at the University. By prioritizing the development of a strong sense of community and belonging through creating an environment where everyone feels valued, included, and connected. This sense of community and belonging will serve as the foundation for a positive culture characterized by collaboration, support, and mutual respect.”
— Nate Smith, Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion for Research and Research Education, URMC
“I love the emphasis on transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration, which is where innovation and growth thrive! It is at the intersections of our expertise where we will find new ways of thinking and tackle the ‘big, hairy, audacious goals’ of today and the future!”
— Sarah Peyre, Dean and Professor of the Warner School of Education
“I’m inspired that we are seeking bold transformation. To truly be ever better, we must be on the cutting edge and not in the middle of the pack. We must be brave and willing to try new things. I’m inspired by how the language around this plan creates an expectation that we will live our values and core beliefs courageously, which will give us the capacity to make truly Rochester decisions without limitation.”
— Col Raimond, Director of LGBTQ Life and AS&E Staff Ombudsperson
“The Boundless Possibility plan focuses on our people, most notably our exceptional students and the faculty and staff who help them thrive. The plan emboldens our community of people to be our best selves, recognizes the efforts we make to bring the plan to life, and acknowledges where progress needs to move more quickly.”
— Anne-Marie Algier, Interim Dean of Students in AS&E
“I’m excited by the strategic plan’s focus on access—specifically working to increase our financial support for graduate students so that they can focus on learning, discovering, healing, and creating. Increasing financial support will help to ensure that Rochester is the place where graduate students can thrive and where we are the premier institution for the development of the next generation of faculty and educators.”
— Melissa Sturge-Apple, Vice Provost and Dean of University Graduate Education