The Susan B. Anthony Center works to bring awareness to, and advocate for, social justice and equality. We work in collaboration with the University community and partner with a wide range of local, national, and international organizations to fulfill our goal of translating research into policy. We conduct this work in the spirit of Susan B. Anthony, who fought tirelessly throughout her life for the betterment of disenfranchised populations.
Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD, Director
Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD, has established a unique, scientifically based career path that seeks to combine legal, public health, and mental health perspectives to enhance the human rights and well-being of people marginalized due to economic, safety, health, and legal concerns. As a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the Director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization, she has promoted research in diverse criminal justice, community, and health settings, and in 2016 cofound an innovative medical-law program that integrates health, legal, and advocacy services for victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). Dr. Cerulli also directs the UR Susan B. Anthony Center. The Center focuses on translating science regarding social determinants of health into practices to try and change lives. Dr. Cerulli, a licensed attorney, has worked directly with IPV victims since 1983 – as a counselor, advocate, attorney, and researcher. She forges collaborative community studies in partnership with survivors as investigators and advisors, guided by principles of community-based participatory research. Dr. Cerulli has worked in Russia, China, Mongolia, the Greater Mekong region, and most recently, in India. NIH Fogarty International Center, the World Health Organization, and the Fulbright Specialist Program have funded her international portfolio. As a national and international leader and trainer, Dr. Cerulli speaks directly to the need for agencies to ground their service programs in scientifically developed evidence and to rigorously evaluate the real-world impacts of their initiatives.
John Cullen, PhD, Associate Director
Dr. Cullen is an Associate Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Research Associate Professor in the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization at the University of Rochester Medical Center. John has a strong commitment to human rights, social justice, and diversity. His work involves community outreach, healthcare disparities, and vulnerable populations. 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 has received national recognition as a leader in LGBT healthcare through the Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index since 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.
Kirsten Buscetto, MS, Assistant Director, Programming and Community Engagement
Kirsten Buscetto, MS, is an Assistant Director at the Susan B. Anthony Center. She started her college career at Monroe Community College where she graduated with an associate degree in liberal arts. Afterwards, she 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. She later completed course work and her master’s thesis, “Service-learning in American Higher Education: Origins, Benefits, and Limitations”, at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education from which she holds a master’s degree in higher education leadership. Kirsten leads the Susan B. Anthony Center’s student engagement initiatives, including the Susan B. Anthony Center Ambassadors (community volunteer program) and Student Advisory Boards, plans and coordinates Center events, oversees daily office operations, and supervises student staff. Also as part of her work, Kirsten is a team member of the TRANSFORM Research Center, a center committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, where she disseminates research findings and other information related to the field, assists in the production of the center’s podcast series, Promoting Resilience, and manages the website and social media. Prior to working at the Center, Kirsten worked in community relations, volunteer development, outreach, and event planning in the non-profit field. Her interests include creating and sustaining programming that links the University to the Rochester Area community to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships, as well as the study of civic engagement and why individuals participate in these pursuits, both intermittently and throughout their lives. Additionally, she enjoys working at the Center in a university setting where she can build collaborative relationships with people on-campus and in the Rochester community to advocate for equity for all people.
Catherine Faurot, MA, MFA, Assistant Director
Catherine Faurot is an Assistant Director at the Susan B. Anthony Center where she supports the Center’s social justice efforts with her writing and editing expertise. Ms. Faurot holds a Masters of Liberal Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bennington College. In her position at the Center she writes grants and opinion pieces, presents writing workshops, facilitates a structured writing group, and edits research papers and dissemination materials. On a local level she manages the Civil Discourse – Civic Engagement speaker series, coordinating community organizations in sponsoring an annual Rochester talk on social justice topics, as well as efforts to promote equal pay for women of all backgrounds and people of all races. On a national level she is involved in dissemination efforts for TRANSFORM, a multi-institutional research center aimed at transforming child abuse and neglect practices. Within the center Ms. Faurot coordinates international efforts, including support for the launch of The South Asian Journal of Law and Social Sciences. She teaches writing workshops to international scholars and graduate students, and in 2018 traveled to Changsha, China to present at Xiangya School of Public Health at Central South University. Her interests include sustainable practices for institutions and individuals; Native American feminism, particularly among the Hodinösö:ni’ (Iroquois); gender issues in Greek and Roman myth and literature; and a host of other topics in the arts and humanities.
Kelley Foley, Project Assistant
Kelley Foley is currently a junior at the University of Rochester, double majoring in Computer Science and Digital Media Studies. She is a member of the University of Rochester Cross Country and Track teams and is a member of student clubs Women In Computing and Rochester Design. She started at the Center in early 2020 where she works on designing promotional materials for the Center’s various projects and events.
Emily Greenzang, Project Assistant for Social Media
Emily Greenzang is a sophomore at the University of Rochester majoring in English Language, Media, and Communications. She is also pursuing minors in Spanish and Mathematics. On campus she is a member of the Ballet Performance Group and in her spare time she runs ReadEm, a bookish blog and YouTube channel. She joined the SBAC in fall 2021 and helps manage its social media pages.