Frederick Jefferson is a behavioral scientist who serves as the University Intercessor and has extensive experience in the teaching and practice of organizational change, with an emphasis on understanding the influence of human diversity on the change process. He consults with individuals and groups and conducts training on a wide variety of topics. They include: managing diversity, integrating affective and cognitive education and clarifying values taught in classrooms, developing theoretical and teaching models for enhancing positive identity development among Black youth and young adults, and anti-racism and anti-sexism.
Jefferson joined the University of Rochester in 1973, serving first as director of the department of special student services and the educational opportunity program and later as assistant to the president for university and community affairs. He joined the Warner School faculty in 1985 and served as director of the institute for urban schools and education from 1996 to 1999.
He is the recipient of several awards for his service to
the community, among which are the James McCuller Award for
Excellence sponsored by Action for a Better Community, Inc.
(1995), and the Hannah G. Solomon Humanitarian Award made
by the National Council of Jewish Women, Rochester, New York
(1989). His extensive community involvement ranges from serving
on the board of directors of the American Red Cross to participating
in the planning and administration of the Gateways Music Festival,
an annual event that showcases the talents of Eastman School
of Music musicians who are members of minority groups.