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Workshops and Discussions

Intersectional Discussion Groups

These discussion groups exist to better support members of our community based on the intersections of their identity. For more information about a specific group, please contact the person listed. If you are interested in forming a new discussion group, contact bic@rochester.edu

Project Pengyou

Project Pengyou (朋友 Pengyou means “Friends” in Mandarin Chinese) aims to encourage cross-cultural dialogue, friendship, and understanding between the United States and China. Please make sure to stay tuned for our upcoming events! Email: Ellie (Tong) Yu tyu17@u.rochester.edu for more information or visit Project Pengyou.

Queer Jewish Students Discussion Group

Come join us for our bi-weekly discussion group about the intersections of being Jewish and Queer. All are welcome! Shabbat dinner to follow.

Queer Students of Color

Come join us for a discussion about intersectional issues that queer people of color face on campus, in the workplace, at home, or anywhere else. Come check us out!

TINT (Transgender, Intersex, Non-Binary, and Two Spirit)

TINT is an informal social group for trans, gender non-conforming, and questioning University of Rochester students. Email rochester.tint@gmail.com for details about weekly meetings.

UR DREAMers

The UR DREAMers group is a support group for students who are either undocumented or have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status, so that they can connect with each other. It is also for allies that can bring awareness for immigration reform here at the University of Rochester campus and in the greater Rochester area.

Safe Haven Group

A Weekly Gathering for Support and Discussion at this time of Political Transition 

This group provides a safe supportive space for students impacted directly or indirectly by the American political transition, policy shifts, and social upheaval therein. These impacts may include but are not limited to crises of immigration, bias incidents and discrimination, and uncertainty about the future. In addition to helping you feel supported, the experience of being in a group can also help you to provide support for others in similar circumstances.

We welcome undergraduate and graduate students to share their experiences as they strive to balance very different contexts and realities. The group will meet once weekly during the spring semester and will be co-facilitated by therapists from the University Counseling Center.

Meetings will be approximately one hour with an optional 10 min self-care transition activity for those who can stay after the meeting.

This is an open group, which means that coming to one meeting does not mean you have to come every week. However, we recommend that you come to at least three meetings in a row in service of providing continuity of support for yourself and for others. You are welcome to come to as many meeting as you would like.

Surviving Crisis Abroad

A Support and Discussion Group for International Students

How do you study and stay focused when there is chaos and crisis in your home country or region and you are thousands of miles away?

The group aims to provide a safe supportive space to those students involved directly or indirectly by international areas in crisis (war, natural disaster, political strife, etc). 

This group is meant to support you while you navigate being in a competitive academic setting while being from or knowing loved ones from international areas in crisis. The experience of being in group can also help you to provide support for other in similar circumstances.

We welcome undergraduate and graduate students to share their experiences as they strive to balance very different contexts and realities. The group will meet once a month during the academic year and will be co-facilitated by therapists from the University Counseling Center.

This is an open group, which means that coming to one meeting does not mean you have to come every month. You are welcome to come to as many meetings as you would like. Co-sponsored by the University Counseling Center, International Services Office, and the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center.