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Student Life Spaces

Frederick Douglass Commons

Douglass Commons 40thThe Frederick Douglass Commons was originally built in the 1950s and named for Rochester's national leader of the abolitionist movement. We just completed a major renovation of the building to reinvent the space into a major hub of student life. Connected to Wilson Commons with a bridge together they form our Campus Center. The Frederick Douglass Commons also connects to the new Lam Square lounge in Rush Rhees library with a bridge from the third floor public lounge. The Frederick Douglass Commons is the home of a large multipurpose ballroom, the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, the Language Center, the new Community Kitchen, a public lounge, many meeting rooms, a meditation room, ablution stations, a lactation room, dining options and more.


Floor 1

  • Douglass Dining
  • The Genesee Room
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Floor 2

  • Ballroom A, B, C, D
  • Lobby
  • Information Desk
  • Bridge to Wilson Commons

Floor 3

  • Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center
  • Language Center
  • Computer Classroom
  • Green Room
  • Meditation Room
  • Ablution Rooms
  • Lactation Room
  • Public Lounge
  • Meeting Rooms 302, 307, 308
  • Bridge to Rush Rhees Library

Floor 4

  • Community Kitchen (406)
  • Community Room (407)
  • Meliora Catering
  • Meeting Rooms 401, 403, 404, 407, 419, 420