Kristin Hocker was born in Long Island, but spent her childhood living in Shreveport, Louisiana, Brooklyn, NY and St. Louis, Missouri, eventually making Rochester her home in 1991. She works at the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing (SON) as an assistant professor of clinical nursing in the Health Care Leadership and Management (HCM) program, which she co-directs. In addition, Kristin serves as the deputy Title IX coordinator for the SON, undertaking responsibility for the prompt and fair handling of sex-based harassment or misconduct complaints.
Before joining the School of Nursing, Kristin started her career at the University as an organizational development specialist in the human resources department, developing and facilitating training and professional development throughout the University. The majority of her work focused on helping people fine tune their interpersonal skills and building effective working relationships. Concepts that she continues to promote as she educates new leaders in healthcare.
Her passion, however, is championing the actions and behaviors that generates equity as a practice, and ensures that all individuals feel welcomed, supported, and valued, so that they are able to fully participate as their authentic selves. While working in HR, Kristin coordinated the University’s Safe Space program, for which she received the 2015 President’s Diversity Award. Recently, she has channeled that passion as an adjunct at the Warner School of Education, teaching educators about race and racism and how to be equity-minded in their practice.
Kristin is a graduate of the University, receiving her doctorate in education from the Warner School in 2015. As well, she is a proud RIT Tiger, receiving her bachelor’s in food management in 2003, and master’s in instructional design and training in 2004. She resides in the 19th Ward, where she has found a new joy in gardening.
Kristin’s thirst for knowledge around nonviolence and activism led her to the Gandhi Institute as a student, then as a volunteer, and now as a Board member. She is a diehard fan of the work, the people, and the impact this work has on the community.