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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, please contact BIC@rochester.edu

Graduate Students of Color Council 

(contact: gsoc.council@gmail.com)

It is our mission, as the Graduate Students of Color (GSOC) 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.

Non-traditional Undergrads at UR 

Adult learners, sometimes referred to as non-traditional aged students, are students aged 25 years or older. We recognize that adult learners have unique experiences and challenges. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) there are several characteristics that are common to non-traditional students: Many of us only attend college part-time. We work full-time. We usually don’t immediately continue our education after we graduate from high school. We have children or dependents other than a spouse. We may be a single parent. We may have a GED and not a high school diploma. This discussion group exists because as non-traditional students, we mainly struggle with fulfilling different identities of ourselves – an intersection of roles where we take great effort to be good at our jobs; a good parent, but also struggle to prove that we’ve earned a seat in the classroom while there’s also that expectation of performing at your best as an adult student.

Queer Jewish Students Discussion Group 

(contact: Rebecca Royzer rroyzer2@u.rochester.edu)

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

Queer Students of Color 

Come join Queer Students of Color for a discussion about intersectional issues that queer people of color face. Our goal is to create a group where queer students of color feel comfortable and accepted and can talk about issues they face on campus, in the workplace, at home, or anywhere else. This discussion group will meet on a regular basis during the spring semester. Come check us out!

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 10min 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, and the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center.

UR DREAMers 

(contact: Haydi Torres Garcia htorresg@u.Rochester.edu or Raul Ramirez rramire2@u.rochester.edu

The UR DREAMers 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.

Women of Color Circle

(contact: Sasha Eloi sasha.eloi@rochester.edu

Over two years ago the Women of Color Circle (WOCC) grew out of an unfathomable circumstance and provided a safe environment for women of all backgrounds, but especially the black women and Latinas who were deeply affected, to begin our own healing process. WOCC story sharing helped get students moving on the idea for Douglass Leadership House (DLH), took students out to plays, and gave them opportunities to attend and present at conferences. 

Our mission is to support the growth, leadership, and awareness of women of color at the UR, with a particular focus on the experiences of black women and Latinas. ALL ARE WELCOME.