"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation."
We are inspired by Susan B. Anthony's vision and passion. We celebrate women's achievements at the University of Rochester and in the world. We work to understand and overcome barriers to women's wider leadership.
Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD, Director
Dr. Cerulli is the Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV), Associate Professor of Psychiatry, at the University of Rochester. The National Institute of Mental Health awarded Dr. Cerulli a five-year grant to conduct a randomized control trial in Family Court to assess whether enhanced mental health enables intimate partner violence (IPV) victims to better navigate safety. She was also to the Co-Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Justice award to assess whether victim participation in prosecution impacts their subsequent safety. She was formerly an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, New York, where she created a special misdemeanor domestic violence unit in 1995. She has been working on issues surrounding domestic violence and child abuse for almost three decades, in a variety of capacities. Dr. Cerulli currently has funding from the Center for Disease Control to work with a national IPV hotline to help address the intersection of violence and mental health. She works internationally to ameliorate violence against women and currently is assisting with a project addressing the health and welfare of sex workers and trafficking victims in Laos. She is a founding and current Board Member for the Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester, Inc., a grass roots organization providing emergency respite care for greater Rochester area families with young children.
Kirsten Buscetto, Program Coordinator
Kirsten Buscetto is the Program Coordinator of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership, at the University of Rochester. She was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She started her college career at Monroe Community College where she graduated with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. She then attended and graduated from St. John Fisher College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Journalism, with a focus in public relations, and a minor in marketing. Before starting at the Center, she worked in community relations, volunteer development, outreach, and event planning in the non-profit field. She enjoys working at the Center in a university setting where she can build positive relationships with people in the campus community as well as the Rochester community.
John Cullen, PhD, Coordinator of Outreach
Dr. Cullen is Coordinator of Outreach with the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership, and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Basic and Translational Research Division, at the University of Rochester Medical Center. John has a strong commitment to human rights, social justice, and diversity. He is chair of the Pride Alliance at the University and plays an active role in the Safe Space training program on campus. He has effectively negotiated policy change by bringing together various constituencies and providing a voice for those who often are not empowered to speak on their own behalf due to stigma, shame, or fear of reprisal. He worked to add gender identity and gender expression to the University’s non-discrimination policy. Through his efforts, Strong Memorial Hospital received national recognition as a leader in LGBT healthcare through the Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index in 2013. In addition to being a recipient of the 2014 University of Rochester Presidential Diversity Award, John has received numerous awards and accolades from local, national and international organizations.
“John demonstrates a sustained interest and commitment to creating a more inclusive environment. While his primary efforts have focused on LGBT equity and inclusion, he is truly an advocate for diversity and equity for all members of our community.”
Alysha Alani, Student Assistant
Alysha is currently a junior at the University of Rochester majoring in Anthropology and Spanish with minors in Public Health and Women's Studies. She started at the Susan B. Anthony Center in May of 2013. She is a returning Freshman Fellow (peer academic advisor to freshman students), and an active member of both the UR chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (an activist network for students passionate about social justice) and GlobeMed at the University of Rochester (a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving global health equity by partnering students and grassroots community organizations around the globe).
Sarah Vogel, Student Assistant
Sarah is currently a sophomore at the University of Rochester majoring in Psychology and French and pursuing a minor in Brain and Cognitive Science. She started at the Susan B. Anthony Center in October of 2013. Sarah is the former secretary of the College Feminists at the University of Rochester, a group dedicated to educating and empowering the campus community about feminism and feminist issues, and an active member of the University of Rochester's chapter of the College Democrats. She is also a research assistant in the Department of Psychology at the U of R.
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