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Individual & Group Counseling

The Center for Women and Gender offers short-term, time-limited counseling to members of the RIT community. We offer support and referrals for services here at RIT and in the greater Rochester community. The counseling services offered here is not a substitute for mental health services. If you are in need of mental health services, we are here to assist you in obtaining a referral. 

Group counseling is also available. Depending on the semester, we may offer a Healthy Relationships group, a Recovery from Sexual Assault and Abuse group and others.  Check at the Center to see what groups are currently being offered. If you are interested in a group on a particular topic, please speak to one of our staff members. 




The Center for Women and Gender offers information about various issues you may be dealing with. We offer assistance in goal setting and putting a plan in motion to achieve your goals. Whether someone comes to the Center as a walk-in or by appointment, we will sit down and help you get the answers you need.


Support and Advocacy

Staff members at the Center offer both formal and informal support and advocacy services. The Center for Women and Gender is one of the identified places to come to discuss harassment and discrimination experiences. Advice, counseling, and conflict resolution services are available. These services are available to all members of the RIT community (faculty, staff, and students). Each incident is discussed confidentially and options are reviewed for the individual to consider.  Faculty and staff members should meet with the Director of the Center for Women and Gender.

Staff members are available to meet with students (by appointment or walk-in) to provide support for an issue that is of concern.  Center for Women and Gender staff members can be an Advocate for students in Student Conduct hearings.



Center for Women and Gender staff members are available to meet with any individual in the University community who is seeking information about resources, options for problem resolution, and use of services offered at our Center.


Student Conduct Referrals

Some students are referred to the Center for Women and Gender for an alternative educational sanction resulting from a Student Conduct hearing.  We provide educational interventions addressing Consent and Respect, Civility, and Relationships and Boundaries.

Scholarship Information

The Women’s Council of RIT Endowed Scholarship provides academic scholarships to women students at RIT who exhibit a strong commitment to a high academic average while struggling with an exceptional/difficult personal or family circumstance.

Eligible students for this scholarship must be women in any program of study who have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better.  Eligible students must have strong community/campus involvement and have excelled in spite of their difficult circumstances.  Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and complete an application. Applications are available at the Center for Women and Gender or by emailing a request to  

The deadline for applications: 5:00 pm March 13th 2015.

Click here for Scholarship Application          

Legacy Leadership

Graduating senior women students are invited to tell us about how they are leaving their mark on RIT. We are looking for women who have excelled in any aspect of student life. We know that students make contributions in and out of the classroom, and we want to hear about it.

The deadline for your nomination is Wednesday, March 25th 2015

For more information, click here


Wellness Classes

Relationship Health

This course is designed to provide students with educational concepts and strategies regarding relationships while keeping personal safety in mind. Instructors and students will explore the topic of relationships (friends, dating, and partnerships) and being able to set appropriate boundaries: so that relationships are able to thrive. Issues of Relationship violence, stalking, harassment and sexual assault will also be addressed throughout the course. This course is taught by the Center for Women and Gender staff. Successful completion of this course can be used as one (1) activity course credit toward the graduation requirement. A course fee applies via SFS bill (both semesters).

Eating, Body Image and Food

This course focuses on the psychology of eating behaviors, body image, and attitudes toward food.  Issues to be addressed: factors which influence body image, dieting behaviors, cultural influences on eating and body image, obesity, eating disorders, and healthy eating. For more information, please contact Donna Rubin, Associate Vice President, Student Wellness, at 585-475-6402 or, email her at: