Kristin Hocker works for the University of Rochester as an Organizational Development (OD) Specialist in the Human Resources Department. She is also a doctoral candidate at U of R’s Warner School of Education, and plans to graduate this May with an Ed D in Higher Education Administration.

As an OD Specialist, Kristin develops and facilitates training and professional development throughout the University. The majority of her work focuses on helping people fine tune their interpersonal skills and build effective working relationships. Her expertise also includes strategic planning, coaching, Six Sigma and quality improvement. Her passion, however, is championing the actions and behaviors that generates “inclusion as a practice,” and ensures that all individuals feel welcomed, supported, and valued wherever they inhabit.

Kristin coordinates the University’s Safe Space program, for which she received the 2015 President’s Diversity Award. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Latino Professional Alliance, one of U of R’s affinity groups, where she co-chaired the first Latino Cultural Symposium, highlighting multi-disciplinary research that targets the lives, cultures and issues of the Latino/a community.  In addition, Kristin volunteers at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence where she lends her skills as a facilitator, and has attended workshops on Nonviolent Communication and the Principles of Kingian Nonviolence.

Originally from Long Island, Kristin makes her home outside of Rochester, in Lima, NY. A single parent to an adult daughter, she is steadily adjusting to being an empty nester, and dreams of a life beyond writing a dissertation.