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Centers

The ALANA Center provides myriad resources and programs to enhance the campus life and academic experiences of African-American/Black, Latinx, Asian/Asian-American, and Native American students. The center provides a comfortable gathering space and offices for student organizations that support students of color and offers opportunities for leadership development, intra-cultural and cross-cultural dialogues, community-building, lectures, and other co-curricular programming, as well as heritage month programming. The center, a freestanding building adjacent to the Powerhouse Theater, also catalogs cultural journals/newsletters, educational videos, career development, scholarship, and fellowship information. Please reach out to Kevin Collins, Director of the ALANA Center, for more information: kcollins@vassar.edu.

The Office of International Services offers a full range of resources for international students and scholars, including advice and assistance in visa, immigration, tax, employment, cultural, and general matters. The office, located in College Center 238, supports international students in adjusting to and embracing a new culture and also works to involve and engage all members of the campus community in events, workshops, and other opportunities to share the wealth of global perspectives and experiences. Please reach out to Andrew Meade, Director of International Services, for more information: anmeade@vassar.edu.

The LGBTQ and Gender Resources Office oversees the LGBTQ+ Center and the Women’s Center. The LGBTQ Center, located in College Center 213, is a place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally students to relax, socialize and learn. The center hosts discussions, lectures, and social events; provides meeting space for various student organizations; and has a robust library of LGBTQ+ related books. The Women’s Center is located in College Center 235 and offers a community space and programming on various components of gender equity, women’s leadership, empowerment, and health. Please reach out to Danushi Fernando, Director of LGBTQ and Gender Resources, for more information: dfernando@vassar.edu.

The Transitions Program serves as a support for first-generation, low income and/or undocumented students at the College from matriculation through graduation. The program hosts events and workshops, fosters faculty relationships, builds community, and helps students navigate the college landscape. Many participants begin their Transitions involvement in the week before orientation, during the program’s Foundations Week, but a student who identifies as first-generation, low income and/or undocumented can choose to engage with the program at any time throughout their Vassar career. The Transitions Office is located in Main C110 and the Transitions Living Room (lounge space) is located in Josselyn House on the 2nd floor, through the multipurpose room in 234. Please reach out to Capria Berry, Director of Transitions, for more information: caberry@vassar.edu.