International Students

Below is information on:

Undocumented/DACA Student Support Contacts

Academic Advising

Financial Aid Services

Immigration Advising

Tommy Paez
International Student Counselor
College Center for Advising Services
312 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-2354 
Lucinda Snyder
International Financial Aid Counselor
Financial Aid Office
100 Wallis Hall
P: (585) 275-3226
F: (585) 756-7664
Cary Jensen
Director, International Services and Support
International Services Office
213 Morey Hall
(585) 275-8928
Nick Valentino
Academic Counselor
Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
301 Lattimore Hall
(585) 276-7802 
Dreamer Scholarship Engine

Stephanie Krause
Associate Director for Student Services
International Services Offices
210 Morey Hall
(585) 275-2866 
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 
Outside Scholarship Link
Molly Ball
Department of History
449 Rush Rhees Library
(585) 276-7184
Pablo Sierra
Department of History
458 Rush Rhees Library
(585) 275-8354

Career and Internship Services

Health, Wellness, and Counseling

Social Support

Amber Graham
Project Management and Operations Program Director
Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center
(585) 275-2366
The CARE Network: Submit an online referral to express concern about a person, incident, or issue.Jessica Guzman-Rea
Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center
305 Douglass Commons
(585) 275-9701
(585) 275-5678  
University Counseling Center

Additional resources:

Intersectional Discussion Groups


This group provides support 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 provides a safe supportive space for students impacted directly or indirectly by the American political transition, policy shifts, and social upheaval therein. 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 one 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 three 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). 

This group is meant to support you while you navigate being in a competitive academic setting while 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.

Class Offering

CAS 120: Exploring Intercultural Competence: Preparation for the Global Citizen (Offered Spring Semester; Four 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 and Practices (Offered Fall and Spring Semester; Two 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 ReportIf 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 ReportIf 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 ReportIf you have a concern that impacts the University 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 MisconductIf 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.

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