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REAL Conversations: Mapping College Access in Rochester and Western NY

In this lecture and discussion, presented in honor of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month, Dr. Amalia Z. Dache ’14W (PhD) will share the results of her 2014 study on Monroe County’s College Desert (Rochester) and College Oasis (Southeast city and suburbs) and her preliminary results of an expansion of these concepts in the Western New York region. Results center on Rochester’s history of racial exclusion and uneven economic development contributing to the proximity of local post-secondary institutions to neighborhoods in Rochester with the highest educational attainment needs.

This study illustrates how a region’s colleges and universities are microcosms of our larger social world. During our discussion we will explore answers to questions such as: How can local residents leverage more directly the resources of institutions surrounding them, institutions with missions to serve the public good? How can higher education institutions more equitably leverage the cultural wealth and knowledge of the residential communities in their backyards? As a regional community, re-imaging authentic campus-community relationships that wrestle with local histories and policies of exclusion, may provide a vehicle in moving toward residential and institutional commitments and accountability.

In advance of the event, you may find it helpful to review Dr. Dache’s journal article, “College Desert and Oasis: A Critical Geographic Analysis of Local College Access.”

Presented by the University of Rochester Diversity Advisory Council in partnership with the Office of Equity and Inclusion

Wednesday, September 30 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Lectures and Talks


Faculty, Students, Alumni, Staff




Alumni Relations, Office of Equity and Inclusion
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(585) 273-5888 1 (877) 635-4672 (toll-free)

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