WOCHA: Women of Color, Honor and Ambition

Women of Color, Honor and Ambition is a one-year leadership development program with an emphasis on undergraduate women-identified, trans-feminine and non-binary students between their second and fifth academic years of study. The WOCHA program aims to create an inspiring vision of the future by enhancing leadership ability, building sisterhood, and providing access to professional mentoring and networking opportunities. Given educational disparities and underrepresentation in specific majors or careers WOCHA programming is designed through the lens of women of color in order to close those systemic gaps.

Students will participate in a series of monthly workshops offered by faculty, staff, and community leaders; foster a sense of community and bonding with each other and other women-identified role models of color through social outings; and support their health awareness and development through their participation in wellness activities. The WOCHA program is open to all eligible students regardless of gender or national origin.

Five Foundational Pillars of WOCHA

  • Community Engagement
  • Financial Literacy
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Leadership Development
  • Self-E (Self-Esteem and Self-Empowerment)

2024-2025 Application

Our 2024-2025 application is now open. 

Applications will close on Friday, May 10.

Apply Here!


  • Create an inspiring vision of the future by developing lifelong learning where women will explore, develop and share their skills, experiences, and resources.
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle in mind, body and spirit which promotes meaningful dialogue and self-reflection.
  • Build a set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with their financial resources.
  • Create and sustain positive self-esteem and self-empowerment by proving opportunities to acknowledge overall self-worth and awareness.
  • Increase community engagement where students are immersed in the Rochester community.


Retention rate over the course of three years among women in years 2-5.


Graduation rate of the seniors each year over the past three years.


Number of participants who report having a productive relationship with their mentors.


Number of participants who report growing as a leader and being able to speak in public confidently after the program.


  • Grade Point Average: 2.5 minimum required
  • Complete ALL sections of the WOCHA application
  • A personal commitment to attend ALL WOCHA sessions

WOW Council

The purpose of the WOCHA Council is provide insight, inspiration and support to the WOCHA Cohort and program.

Candi Boston

Director Alumni Engagement
Alumni and Constituent Engagement
University Advancement

Pamela Christopher

Senior Employment Advisor
Co-op and Career Center
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Natasha Rogers-Dailey

Senior Staff Accountant
Partnerships - SSC
Finance and Administration

Venessa Mitchell

Director of ECCO and Student Programs Coordinator
Dean’s Office
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Katrina Overby

Assistant Professor
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

Melissa Aponte

Assistant Dean of Students
Dean’s Office
College of Engineering Technology