University of Rochester Resources

The University of Rochester envisions itself as a community that welcomes, encourages, and supports individuals who desire to contribute to and benefit from the institution’s missions of teaching, research, patient care, performance, and community service. In a pluralistic culture, that community includes faculty, students, and staff who represent important differences. The University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees, without regard to race, color, sex, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

Student Healthcare and Counseling Resources

LGBTQI patients are welcomed and cared for through University Health Services and the University Counseling Center, and just this year transition-related health care services were added to the student health care plan at the University.

University Health Service (UHS)

Full-time students participate in the Student Health Program, which covers primary care visits to the University Health Service (UHS), time-limited therapy at the University Counseling Center (UCC), and health promotion services. Employees and other members of the University community can choose a UHS physician as their primary care provider and come to UHS for their personal health care. UHS also provides occupational health care services for employees. All visits to UHS are confidential. UHS has offices on the River Campus, in the Medical Center, and at the Eastman School of Music.

Box 270617
738 Library Road
Rochester, NY 14627
To schedule an appointment call 585-275-2662
In an Emergency, call Public Safety at 585-275-3333 when on campus (Call 911 if off campus)

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Services include time-limited individual and couples therapy, group therapy, medication management, 24 hour crisis services, consultation, and educational presentations.

In a mental health emergency, contact the UCC by calling 585-275-3113. A mental health professional is on call 24 hours a day throughout the year. If UCC is closed when you call, you will reach the answering service. The mental health professional will be paged and will then call you.

River Campus Office
(585) 275-3113
Third Floor, UHS building
738 Library Road
Susan B. Anthony Circle
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Call (585) 275-3113 to schedule an appointment

Eastman School Office
(585) 275-3113
ESM Living Center, Room 107
A limited number of appointments available
Call (585) 275-3113 to schedule an appointment

University Housing Resources

The support staff working with the Office for Residential Life and Housing Services coordinate educational, cultural, and social programs; help in dealing with personal issues and problems; supervise the student staff members (RAs, CAs, GHAs, and GHRs); provide modern computer and video access systems; and direct all cleaning, physical improvements, and repairs in the buildings.

Office for Residential Life and Housing Services
020 Gates Hall
University of Rochester
P.O. Box 270468
Rochester, New York 14627-0468
(585) 275-3166

Campus Organizations

College Feminists

College Feminists aims to increase the consciousness and awareness of the campus community on topics related to gender equality, equal rights, and sexual health.

500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd
CPU #273636
Rochester, NY 14627

Pride Alliance

The Pride Alliance at the University of Rochester is an employee resource group dedicated to creating and sustaining a positive work environment which values and supports all individuals regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.

(585) 276-3259

Pride Network

Pride Network's mission is to provide and support an open and secure environment to discuss issues of sexuality and identity, provide information and resources concerning sexuality to all University members, and provide social and academic activities that are in compliance to the University of Rochester Students' Association.

University of Rochester Pride Network
Ruth Miller Center, Wilson Commons, 101K
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
(585) 275-3068

Undergraduate Council for Gender and Women’s Studies

UCGWS aims to promote the Gender and Women's Studies Department (SBAI), make students more aware of SBAI, and continue the discussion of Gender and Women's Studies outside of the classroom.

500 Joseph C Wilson Blvd
P.O. Box 270434
Rochester, NY 14627

LGBTQ & Allies Special Interest Group at Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) & Allies graduate student interest group at Warner works to create an inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff, and supports the educational achievement and personal growth of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex students, and their allies.  The group strives to bring awareness to LGBTQ issues in our communities, schools, higher education institutions, and social programs and be a resource for individuals who would like to learn more about current research, topics of debate, and critiques of heteronormativity. The group also aims to develop a safe and supportive space for students to share ideas and pursue academic interests and to work with other LGBTQ groups at the University and in the community.

Contact the Chair, Elaine Casquarelli, at, for dates and times, or to add ideas or events to the website.


The SPECTRUM group at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) seeks to support, educate, and offer targeted resources to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community training at URMC. Members include nursing students, URMC graduate students, medical residents, dental residents, and medical students.

SPECTRUM’s aim to equip them with the knowledge, experience, and professional development necessary to be leaders within the medical community and advocates for LGBT health equality.

Email Nate Bayer at to be added to the SPECTRUM list-serv.

Out@Simon (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender MBAs at the Simon Business School) seeks to function as a resource to develop, inform, support, and enrich an LGBT community on campus. Out@Simon organizes and promotes a variety of social and professional activities with the aim of building a strong network of future business leaders. We also wish to serve as an educational resource to the greater Simon community.

University Programs

LGBTQI Awareness Month

LGBTQI Awareness Month at the University of Rochester was developed by SBAI Program Manager Angela Clark-Taylor in 2011. It is a month-long celebration that features programming to raise awareness around a variety of LGBTQI communities and issues. Currently, the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity presents LGBTQI Awareness Month during April each year, and SBAI coordinates the calendar of events.

The month's programming annually features the Rainbow Lecture, where the keynote addresses LGBTQI issues from a scholarly perspective, and the Out in Reel Film Series featuring films focused on LGBTQI-related issues. Other events are slightly different year to year, they have included workshops, drag shows, lectures from visiting scholars and/or artists, public debates, film screenings, and more. For complete schedules of past LGBTQI Awareness Month activities, visit the Diversity at the University's LGBTQI Awareness month page.

Rocxxy Summer Internship in Feminist Activism and Leadership

The Susan B. Anthony Institute used to host Rocxxy: Summer Internship in Feminist Activism and Leadership for undergraduate students at the University. We are currenty not offering Rocxxy, but hope to offer it in the future. Be in touch with SBAI for updates. Rocxxy was developed by SBAI Program Manager Angela Clark-Taylor, and was launched in the summer of 2013. The program combines a professional internship experience with guest speakers, field trips to historic sites, and readings and reflections on feminist activism and leadership. This combination of academic, experiential, and professional experiences is meant to inspire and equip students to become stronger, more prepared leaders for social change. Some of the internship sites we include in the program are organizations that deal specifically with LGBTQI issues, such as the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley, and the program's curriculum spends time reading about and discussing LGBTQI issues and activism. To learn more about the program and take a look at last year's sample syllabus, click here.

Safe Space

“Safe Space” is a training initiative intended to create a safer and freer environment for all members of the University community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. The goal of the program is to provide training to faculty, staff, and students that will qualify them to display a small “Safe Space” sign in their workspaces. The decal simply signifies they are open to questions from and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and are willing to discuss the issues that concern this community[PM2] .

Safe Space classes are conducted by University staff and faculty who are trained Safe Space facilitators. Anyone interested in attending the series, becoming a facilitator, or if you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact Kristin Hocker at

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