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Civic Engagement

Breaking the Bubble

A Community Conversation Series

Breaking the Bubble is a community conversation series co-sponsored by the University's Office for Residential Life and Housing Services and Rochester Center for Community Leadership. Breaking the Bubble seeks to burst the bubble that can envelop the University, separating it from the surrounding community. The series highlights timely issues of interest to both the University's community and the general Rochester community—particularly Rochester's southwest neighborhoods, adjacent to the University's River Campus. These events are free and open to the public.


Upcoming Events


From Space to Place: Place-Making as a Tool for Re-Imagining our Community

Maria Furgiuele, the executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester, will provide an overview of the work of the Community Design Center Rochester, foundational placemaking principles and how they can be applied to create diverse and resilient communities.

Monday, June 29, 2020 7:30-8:30 p.m.

bit.ly/BreakingtheBubblecdc or call in to (646) 876-9923


Past Events


2016-2017 Series

Incarceration Nation: The US and Mass Incarceration

Joshua Dubler, University of Rochester assistant professor of religion, founder and director of the Rochester Prison Education Project

Join the Conversation: Health, Hunger, and Food Banks

Mitch Gruber, chief program officer at Foodlink

Re-Humanizing Rochester: The Past, Present, and Future of Rochester’s Transportation System

Mike Governale, Reconnect Rochester, and Erik Frisch, transportation specialist, City of Rochester

A Conversation with Mayor Lovely Warren: Believe in Rochester

City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren


2017-2018 Series

Toward Urban Education Success: East EPO

Lorna Washington, assistant superintendent, East EPO

Re-Energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass

Carvin Eison, Rochester Community TV and SUNY Brockport, and Bleu Cease, executive director, Rochester Contemporary Art Center

Strengthen the Rochester Community through National Service

Panel of National Service Members including Matthew Trombley and Jeiri Flores

Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative

Dr. Leonard Brock, executive director


2018-2019 Series

Yoga 4 a Good Hood

Imani Olear, founder, and pastor, Reformation Lutheran Church

How to Run for Office

Gary Pudup, former political candidate and campaign manager

Refugees Helping Refugees

Sadiya Omar, Pio Moller, and Pam Adams, Refugees Helping Refugees, Inc.

Rochester’s Music Scene

Jeff Spevak, local arts writer and Rochester Democrat and Chronicle pop/rock critic


2019-2020 Series

Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities

Katrina Korfmacher, PhD, associate professor of environmental medicine, University of Rochester

Introduction to Addressing Structural Racism and Building Community

Loriane Ngarambe, RMAPI community engagement specialist

Community Engagement through the Lens of Barbershops and Salons

Wille Lightfoot, Rochester City Council vice president and owner, New Creations Unisex Shop

Wade Davis, owner, Wade & Me Barbershop

Andre Morrison, owner, Andre's Barbershop

Dr. Desjamebra Robinson, NYS cosmetologist

Working Towards Climate Justice in Rochester

Abby McHugh-Grifa, executive director of Rochester People's Climate Coalition

Calvin Eaton, Founding executive director of 540 WMain Inc.

Hridesh Singh, leadership member of Rochester Youth Climate Leaders