About Us

Our Mission

The mission of Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is to promote international understanding and cultural exchange by connecting members of the Greater Rochester Community with international students and international visitors. Incorporated in 1957 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, RGC leads cultural, educational, and professional programming for international students and international visitors.

Our History

1948:

The Cosmopolitan Club named May Crowley as Chairman and President of its student program. After a trip to England and Scotland, Crowley started welcoming international students to her home for tea and warm fellowship, a tradition she had picked up on her trip.

Early 1949:

The Council of Churches Women (later becoming Church Women United) created the International Student Committee after learning of the number of international students in the Rochester region. The first committee was developed to determine how to best serve this growing population. They met regularly to plan systematically for the needs of international students.

Late 1949:

The International Student Committee held its first international student meeting with 47 students from 23 countries attending.

1950:

Rochester Branch of UN joined the Council of Churches Women to assist in creating opportunities for the students to share in the community.

1956-1957:

The International Student Committee and Cosmopolitan Club Student Program joined forced to accelerate programming for international students and create a combined organization to double their efforts. It was named Rochester International Friendship Council and May Crowley served as its volunteer director.

1957:

A partnership with University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology to develop cultural programs and support for international students and their families was developed.

1963:

Rochester International Friendship Council joined Global Ties and started designing and implementing professional programs and cultural activities for foreign leaders, specialists, and scholars.

1971:

Rochester International Friendship Council became responsible for all the services to international students and international visitors.

2002:

The organization’s name was changed to Rochester International Council.

2012:

The Board approved re-naming the organization Rochester Global Connections with the slogan “Connecting Rochester to the World. Connecting the World to Rochester.” This expands on the original mission to promote international understanding between our community and the international students and international visitors.

Team

Officers

Jennifer Habib

President
Associate Director of Training, NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Phuong Nguyen
Officers

Phuong Nguyen

Treasurer
CPA, CISA, CIA, Accounting and Risk Management Consultant/Entrepreneur
Lily Lynch
Staff

Lily Lynch

Executive Director
Oversees overall operations and financial management of the organization.
Jiachen Zhang
Staff

Jiachen Zhang

International Engagement Specialist
Alex Oryshkevych
Directors

Alex Oryshkevych

Marketing Manager, Ukrainian Federal Credit Union
Adam Prince
Officers

Adam Prince

Directors

Kathleen Hall

Retired, Rochester Institute of Technology
Part-time employee of Law NY
Directors

Bonney Bennet

Retired, Xerox Corporation
Volunteer at Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
Honorary Directors

Adam J. Bello

Honorary Directors

Dr. Walter Cooper

Honorary Directors

Garth Fagan

Honorary Directors

The Hon. Joseph Robach

Honorary Directors

The Hon. Joseph D. Morelle

Liasons

Michael Leach

Contact Us

Phone Number: 585-275-8879

Email Address: execdir@rocglobal.org

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