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David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Graduate Students of Color


Mission Statement

It is our mission, as the Graduate Students of Color Council, to establish an open and inviting community to all new and current graduate students of color on-campus. As a council we aim to raise awareness in regard to diversity in higher education throughout the community and the university. Our council will serve as a voice and advocate for students of color regarding university policies. Furthermore, we aim to provide resources for the professional development of graduate students throughout the University of Rochester community. In our efforts to better our community, we also strive to mentor younger students to support them through their academic career. The Council will be involved in educating, engaging, and assisting our local community.


Upcoming Events

GSOC Study Session

The Graduate Students of Color (GSOC) Council and the 'O[UR] Hxstory: More than a Month' Movement invite you to the "More than a Month" film screening and discussion on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Gowen Room on the 2nd floor of Wilson Commons in River Campus.

FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED. Please RSVP by filling out the online form.


University of Rochester's Diversity conference (March 28th). Presentations will be made by your fellow graduate students across various disciplines. GSOC Council members have 3 workshops, so please come to learn and support the work of fellow grads. You can register here.

Diversity Conference workshops hosted by GSOC members on March 28, 2014
Workshop Session A (11:00-12:00) A5: Invisible Students: Graduate Students of Color at the U of R
Workshop Session B (1:00-2:00) B5: I Don’t Believe In Diversity Anymore
Workshop Session C (2:15-3:15) C5: Poetry of Resistance: The Power of Our Words

Council Members


Bentley HuntBentley Hunt
Ph. D. Student,
Arts, Sciences and Engineering
Thomas Noel
Vice President
Ph. D. Student,
Warner School of Education
Sheena O'ConnorSheena O’Connor
Ph. D. Student
Human Development
Warner School of Education
Rennae RobinsonRennae Robinson
Professional Development
M.A. Student
Arts, Sciences and Engineering
Sheena O'ConnorNikesha Gilmore
Graduate Liason Coordinator
Ph. D. Candidate
School of Medicine and Dentistry
Douglas FloweDouglas Flowe
Ph. D. Candidate
History, ABD
Arts, Sciences and Engineering
Rafael Outland
Ph. D. Student,
Warner School of Education
Avilene TiscarenoAvilene Tiscareno
M.S. Student,
Warner School of Education
Blondeen PhilemondBlondeen Philemond
Ph.D. Student
Educational Policy
Warner School of Education
Timothy N. Arde-AcquahTimothy N. Arde-Acquah
MBA Candidate
Simon Business School



Blondeen PhilemondDanielle C. Alcéna, Ph.D.
(585) 275-9681