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Undocumented/DACA Student Support | International Student Support | Discussion Groups | Class Offering | Additional Resources

Undocumented/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Student Support

Academic Advising

Tommy Paez

International Student Counselor

College Center for Advising Services

312 Lattimore Hall


Nick Valentino

Academic Counselor

Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

301 Lattimore Hall


Melissa Raucci

Academic Advisor - College Programs

David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity

4-153 Dewey Building

P: 585-273-4044/ C: 585-748-3895 

Molly Ball

Department of History

449 Rush Rhees Library


Pablo Sierra

Department of History

458 Rush Rhees Library


Office of Minority Student Affairs

Financial Aid Services

Meredith Doubleday

International Financial Aid Counselor

Financial Aid Office

G13 Wallis Hall

P: 585-275-3226 / F: 585-756-7664

Dreamer Scholarship Engine:

Outside Scholarship Link:

Immigration Advising

Cary Jensen

Director, International Services and Support

International Services Office

213 Morey Hall


Stephanie Krause

Associate Director for Student Services

International Services Offices

210 Morey Hall


Career & Internship Services

Amber Graham

Project Management & Operations Program Director

Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center


Health, Wellness, & Counseling

The CARE Network

The CARE Network enables members of the University community to express their concern about a person, incident, or issue by submitting an online referral. The Network is comprised of team of university professionals that are committed to student wellness and success, and advocate for student’s access to resources. Services include supportive conversations, mediations, providing recommendations to resources and ensuring follow up on concerns. Undocumented students will find a safe space in the CARE Network to learn about support resources, contacts and allies that will support them through their entire college experience.  

University Counseling Center

Social Support

Jessica Guzman-Rea


Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center

305 Douglass Commons

585-275-9701 / 585-275-5678

Additional Resources

International Student Support

Academic Advising

Molly Jolliff

Director of International Student Engagement

College Center for Advising Services

312 Lattimore Hall


Michael Dedes

International Academic Adviser

College Center for Advising Services

312 Lattimore Hall


Additional Programs


International students are expected to arrive early to attend international student orientation. Programs will include fun activities and also fulfill immigration check-in and other requirements with the International Services Office.

International Student Mentors

The International Student Mentor (ISM) Program at the University of Rochester exists to foster meaningful interactions between current UR students and incoming international freshmen. ISMs begin communicating with our new international students in the early summer to help them prepare for what's ahead at UR.  Throughout the year, ISMs continue to support these students by organizing fun events and serving as a resource for questions about U.S. culture and academics. 

Immigration Advising

International Services Office (ISO)

213 Morey Hall


Financial Aid Services

Coming Soon!

International Financial Aid Counselor

Financial Aid Office

Intersectional Discussion Groups


This group has been created in order to provide a support group for students that 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 so that together the group can bring awareness for immigration reform here at on the University of Rochester campus and in the City of Rochester community.

Safe Haven Group: A Weekly Gathering for Support and Discussion at this time of Political Transition 

This group aims to provide a safe supportive space to those students impacted directly or indirectly by the American political transition, policy shifts and social upheaval therein. We imagine it being a challenge to navigate being in a competitive academic setting and at the same time being affected by the toxicity of the current geopolitical environment. 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 1 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 3 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). 

We imagine it being a challenge to navigate being in a competitive academic setting and at the same time 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, & the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center.

Class Offering

CAS 120: Exploring Intercultural Competence: Preparation for the Global Citizen (Offered Spring Semester; 4 credits)

What is intercultural competence? What is intercultural communication? How does one become interculturally competent in their increasingly globalized lives? Intercultural competence provides the tools needed to interact with other cultures, socioeconomic statuses, political beliefs, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender expressions, gender identities, abilities, and religious affiliations. Learning with and by people of different backgrounds encourages collaboration and fosters innovation and creativity, thereby benefiting the entire community. This course will be interactive and discussion based. Discussions will include guest speakers, reading personal narratives, as well as using popular media. Assignments will encourage students to conduct research, create an intercultural activity, and interact with people by conducting interviews. This course culminates with a group project, allowing for integration of theory and practice.

CAS 170: U.S. Life: Customs & Practices (Offered Fall & Spring Semester; 2 credits)

Through this course students will explore campus, community and American culture, enhance their intercultural competence, and build academic skills to improve their success in the American classroom. Students will compare cultures through a variety of readings, in class discussions, blogs and outside class activities. Topics include verbal and non-verbal communication, education systems, ethics, relationships, perception, beliefs, values and norms.

Additional Resources


Bias-Related Incident Report
If you know of an incident motivated by age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation of the targeted person or group, please fill out the Bias-Related Incident Report.

CARE Report
If you are concerned about an individual student, either yourself or a friend, please fill out an Individual CARE Report. For more information on the CARE Network, please visit the CARE website.

Community Concern Report
If you have a concern that impacts the UR community, such as a humanitarian concern, or any other issue that you would like to bring to our attention, please fill out the Community Concern Report.

Concerns Related to Sexual Misconduct
If you need to report an instance of Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault, or Sexual Harassment, please visit the website for information on resources and reporting options.

Emergency Assistance
If you feel an incident presents a threat to the health or safety to anyone in the University Community, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 585-275-3333.

Interfaith, Non-violence, Leadership, and Volunteer Opportunities

The Interfaith Chapel

The M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Rochester Center for Community Leadership (RCCL)

Medallion Program

International Affairs and Travel Resources

Center for Study Abroad

International Educational Week (IEW)

Office of Global Engagement

Updates and Information on the Federal Immigration Executive Order

University Health Services (UHS)

Rochester Global Connections (RGC)

RGC offers activities and events for international students/scholars and Rochester locals to network and form inter-cultural friendships. RGC also has an International Friendship Program where they can match international students with a family or individual in the Rochester area to help students adjust to American culture and life here in Rochester.

Parent and Family Resources

Parent and Family Relations