Rochester Community University

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The goal of Rochester Community University (RCU) is to help residents learn how to advocate for themselves and their neighborhoods. Participants attend a series of workshops that give them insight into City Hall and local resources that they can then use to address issues affecting them.   

This program is community-driven and developed in cooperation with City staff and residents. The workshops are a part of the implementation of the Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan, which has a goal to build the capacity of community organizations and associations. Each session is from 6 - 7 p.m. In person sessions will feature a light dinner.

Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!  Applications are due by Friday, December 29, 2023 

 Workshop Topics Include:

From Blocks to Bricks: Urban Time Travel, Thursday, Jan. 11
Join us on a trip from the city’s past to its present and explore free resources available to research the history of your home and neighborhood. 

City Codes & Zoning Decoded, Thursday, Jan. 18 
Learn from the experts about the City’s code enforcement process (cases, ticketing, and court) and how to participate in land use decisions.  

Answering the Call: A 311 Experience, Thursday, Jan. 25
Explore 311 from behind the scenes on a guided tour at the 311 Call Center and learn about the many city resources available to you and your neighbors. 

Council Classroom: City Governance 101, Thursday, Feb. 1   
City Council President Miguel Melendez and City Council Southwest District Representative, LaShay Harris offer an overview of Rochester City Council and its process. 

Behind the Screens: Police Surveillance Workshop, Feb. 8
Take a guided tour of the Police Overt Digital Surveillance System and learn about effective ways to work with the RPD to keep your neighborhood safe.   

We encourage anyone interested in making a difference in their community to apply, whether or not you are currently affiliated with a neighborhood association.  

This program takes place twice a year. If a series is full when you apply, we will hold your application for the option of joining us for the next semester.

 Apply online here!

Mail it in (downloadable PDF) 

 Pickit up - applications are at your Neighborhood Service Center 
Applications are due by Friday, December 29, 2023

For more information, contact Daisy Algarin, Neighborhood Service Center Director at (585) 428-7711 or