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Valeria Sinclair-Chapman

A Note from our Program
Danielle C. Alcéna, Ph.D.
Graduate Retention Specialist

Dear Graduate Student,

Here at the Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, we aim to foster inclusion among students from first-generation, low-income and underrepresented minority (URM) backgrounds among our various programs of study. Our mission is for all students to feel free to pursue their educational and intellectual interests in an environment that is free of bias and obstacles; to that end, the Kearns Center houses programs for students from middle school through the doctorate.

As the Graduate Retention Specialist in the Kearns Center, I am broadly responsible for assessing the needs of underrepresented graduate students in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, providing advising and guidance, and ensuring access to a variety of resources. In addition to this role, I also serve as advisor to the newly formed, Graduate Students of Color (GSOC) Council.  In 2012, students across the institution established the GSOC Council to respond further to the needs of students from underrepresented minority (URM) backgrounds. GSOC holds regular meetings, and is involved in a number of both social and academic initiatives that may be of interest to you. Of note, GSOC members mentor undergraduate students through our Pipeline Mentoring Project (also known as, Pipeline Project).  This program connects graduate students of color, current undergraduates of color and first-generation students as they navigate toward successfully completing their degrees and look ahead to further study or work after graduation. 

If you are in need of a friendly sounding board or interested in either GSOC or the Pipeline Project, please contact me and we can set up a time to meet.  Graduate students, I am truly here for you and will serve as an advocate and resource throughout your graduate studies.  My office is in 4-141 Dewey Hall, and I can be reached at (585) 275-9681.   Alternatively, I can also be found in the Pipeline Project/GSOC meeting room (Dewey Hall 2-131) or the Kearns Center (Dewey Hall 4-160). You can learn more about the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity by stopping into our offices.  We have an open-door policy in the Kearns Center and welcome a visit from you. Feel free to stop in and grab a cup of coffee/ tea and we can take a moment to meet.

On behalf of the Kearns Center, I would like to state that we are so happy that you are here at the University of Rochester and hope that you will take advantage of the resources and programs we provide each year. 

Again welcome and we look forward to meeting you, 



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Danielle C. Alcéna, Ph.D.
Graduate Retention Specialist
Office: 585-275- 9681
Fax: 585-442-5992

Douglas Flowe
Graduate Recruitment and
Retention Specialist
Office: 585-276-3221
Fax: 585-442-5992