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
Dr. Cerulli is the Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV) and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester. She has been dedicated to addressing domestic violence for over three decades, in a variety of capacities. Dr. Cerulli has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and other federal institutes to conduct studies that examine myriad issues related to violence, including mental health and victim safety. She was formerly an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, New York, where she created a special misdemeanor domestic violence unit in 1995, and still practices law today. The Susan B. Anthony Center faculty and staff have been working on a local, state and national level to raise the profile of disenfranchised populations and examine ways to integrate science into policy. Additionally, the team has been reviewing letters written by Susan B. Anthony to examine what advice she would likely offer women in today’s world. Dr. Cerulli created a leadership series for faculty, staff and students that is comprised of small workshops, six week programs, and co-found a four-day seminar for Associate Professors. Students have the opportunity to co-lead some of these initiatives. The LIVV faculty have partnered with Dr. Cerulli to work with the National Domestic Violence IPV hotline to help address the intersection of violence and mental health. Dr. Cerulli works internationally to ameliorate violence against women through mentoring international scholars. A recent project addressed the health and welfare of sex workers and trafficking victims in Laos. She is also working in the Sub-Mekong region on a multisite project examining IPV during pregnancy, depression, and child health outcomes related to birth weight and immunization compliance. She is a founding 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. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Center for Youth as well as SARDAA, Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America, working for equity for individuals facing severe mental health issues.
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 is an Assistant Director at the Susan B. Anthony Center. 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. 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 graduated from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester with a master’s degree in higher education leadership. Kirsten leads the 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. Prior to working at the Center, she 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.
Hager Elkhidir, Programming and Community Engagement Assistant
Hager Elkhidir is currently a Junior at the University of Rochester, double majoring in International Relations and Art History. She started her position as the Center’s Programming and Community Engagement assistant in the Spring of 2020. On campus, she is the Co-chair for the Committee for Political Engagement (CPE), the Community Building Chair of UR UNICEF, a Student Alumni Ambassador, and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. She is also involved in research in the Digital Scholar Lab and the Political Science Department.
Kelley Foley, Project Assistant
Kelley Foley is currently a sophomore at the University of Rochester, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Digital Media Studies. She is a member of the student clubs Women In Computing and Rochester Design, as well as a run leader for the UR Running Club. She started at the Center in early 2020 where she works on designing promotional materials for the Center’s various projects and events.